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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Branch man sentenced to 86 months in federal prison for drug, firearm charges

LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Yancy Todd Sonnier, 54, of Branch, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays to serve 86 months in federal prison for drug and firearm charges.  Sonnier pleaded guilty on January 18, 2019, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person. 

A Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop April 17, 2018, on Sonnier’s vehicle and found approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine that was subsequently tested at 90% purity, a loaded Taurus Millennium G2 .40-caliber semi-automatic firearm and 2.5 grams of fentanyl.  Sonnier is a convicted felon and is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm and ammunition. 

The DEA, ATF, FBI and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.

Updated August 23, 2019