Another Defendant Involved in Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation Receives Federal Sentence
SHREVEPORT, La. – Another defendant who was charged as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) “Operation Hustle City” was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr., announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown.
Robert Lynn Baulkman, 35, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced to 16 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Baulkman was charged in a Bill of Information with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and he pleaded guilty to that charge on September 7, 2021. The charge was the result of an investigation led by agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) into the drug trafficking activities of individuals in the Shreveport/Bossier City area in 2018, including Baulkman. Agents conducted surveillance and observed Baulkman meet one of his co-conspirators and provide him with a bag that was believed to contain marijuana and methamphetamine. The co-defendant then provided the bag to an individual who had made arrangements to purchase the narcotics. Agents obtained the purchased narcotics and sent them to the crime laboratory for analysis. The lab results confirmed that the marijuana weighed 1,737 grams and the pills contained 46.65 grams of a mixture and substance of methamphetamine.
Federal agencies including DEA, Department of Homeland Security, ATF, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, all worked jointly with the Louisiana State Police, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ruston Police Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, in conducting the investigation of Baulkman and his co-conspirators. U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the cases.
OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
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