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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bossier City man sentenced to 87 months in prison for methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that a Bossier City man was sentenced Monday to seven years and three months in prison for transporting methamphetamine from Dallas to the Shreveport/Bossier City area.

Anthony Joseph Armenio, 32, of Bossier City, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the May 17, 2017 guilty plea, Armenio and codefendant Steven Blaine McLendon, 28, of Shreveport, traveled to Dallas, Texas, on January 14, 2017 to pick up methamphetamine. On their return trip, a Shreveport Police officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The officer asked McLendon to get out of the vehicle. After McLendon exited the vehicle, the officer saw a black handgun sitting on the driver’s seat and observed an open bag on the back seat of the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and ammunition, a small clear plastic bag of marijuana, and a larger bag containing 209.02 grams of methamphetamine.

McLendon pleaded guilty on May 23, 2017 to conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He was sentenced on August 31, 2017 to 216 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

The DEA and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated April 3, 2018