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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 17, 2021

Alexandria Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Marijuana and a Firearm

ALEXANDRIA, La. - Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Terrance Ray Goff, 29, of Alexandria, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Dee D. Drell to 66 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to information introduced in court, on August 22, 2019, a Louisiana State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Goff. Troopers were given consent to search the vehicle and found a backpack on the front passenger seat which contained a loaded pistol, 116 grams of marijuana and a digital scale. Goff had previously been convicted for felon in possession of a firearm in Rapides Parish and was on parole for that offense at the time he was arrested on these charges.

Goff has a lengthy criminal history including two felony convictions for simple burglary in 2011, as well as felony convictions in 2015 and 2016 for felon in possession of a firearm and introduction of electronic device into a correctional center.

The ATF and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.

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Updated September 17, 2021