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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Clarks, La man sentenced to 60 months in prison for possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

MONROE, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Clarks man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Billy Wayne Rider, 49, of Clarks, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release. According to the November 7, 2017 guilty plea, law enforcement agents searched Rider’s home on February 2, 2017, and found 11 firearms and six plastic baggies of methamphetamine. The firearms recovered from the residence were: a Marlin, Model XT-22, caliber .22 LR rifle; Savage, Model 15, caliber .22 LR, rifle; Mossberg, Model 835 ulti-Mag, caliber 12 gauge, shotgun; Marlin Firearms Co., Model 60, .22 caliber, rifle; High Standard, model Sport King, .22 LR caliber rifle; Marlin Firearms Co., model X7, 7-08 caliber rifle; Wards Western Field, Model 878, 12 gauge, shotgun; Taurus, Model 80, .38 caliber, revolver; Clarke Technicorp, Clerke 1st, .22 LR caliber, revolver; Remington Arms Co., Model 770, 30-06 caliber, rifle; and a black silencer.

The ATF and Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated April 25, 2018