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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Four Convicted Felons Receive Federal Prison Sentences This Week for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

All cases were prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

SHREVEPORT, MONROE, ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced the resolution of several cases this week, all of which are separately noted, that were brought pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Minden Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing 10 Firearms

SHREVEPORT - Alvia D. Martin, 62, of Minden, Louisiana, was sentenced November 6, 2019, by Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr., to 24 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies visited Martin’s home to investigate the whereabouts of an armed robbery suspect. His wife let them in, and while there, deputies observed a .22-caliber rifle in the corner of the living room. Deputies questioned Martin and he said there were more firearms in the bedroom. A search of the bedroom uncovered four revolvers, three pistols, an additional rifle, a shotgun and ammunition. In total, deputies found 10 firearms and approximately 1,500 rounds of ammunition. Martin is a felon who was convicted of two counts of possession of illegal drugs on July 11, 2014.

The ATF and Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy prosecuted the case.

Rayville Man Sentenced for Federal Drug and Firearm Offenses

MONROE - Aaron Mitchell Adcock, 42, of Rayville, Louisiana, was sentenced November 6, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty, to two years in prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and five years in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, to run consecutively. Judge Doughty also sentenced Adcock to three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents received a complaint that Adcock was in possession of a large amount of drugs. Agents executed a search warrant at a house in Monroe on December 18, 2018, and found 139 pounds of marijuana, a pistol, three shotguns and 10 rifles. Most of the firearms were loaded and within close proximity to the marijuana. The drugs were recovered from various rooms within the residence and inside of more than 100 heat-sealed bags. They also recovered $701, a digital scale, documentation from a website that sells marijuana seeds, a suspected drug ledger, large amounts of 5.56-caliber ammunition, .223-caliber ammunition and a Louisiana driver’s license issued to Adcock. Agents also found a commercial lease agreement for property in Maine that identified Adcock as tenant, which stated that Adcock shall use the property for “subleasing to state licensed medical marijuana caregivers.”

The DEA and Monroe Metro Narcotics conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica D. Cassidy and Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.

Natchitoches Felon Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

ALEXANDRIA – Dustin James Aguillard, 29, of Natchitoches, Louisiana, was sentenced November 6, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, to 47 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, on August 12, 2018, Glenmora police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Aguillard. During the course of the traffic stop, Aguillard consented to a search of the vehicle and informed the officer that his sister’s firearm was underneath the passenger seat. The officer found a Taurus pistol and ammunition underneath the passenger seat. Aguillard is a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of simple burglary in November 2016, and knew that as a convicted felon he was prohibited from possessing the Taurus pistol and ammunition.

The ATF and Glenmora Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy prosecuted the case.

Alexandria Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Pistol and Firing it in Neighborhood

ALEXANDRIA - Kerrian Andre Elie, 30, of Alexandria, was sentenced November 6, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, to 92 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, officers with the Alexandria Police Department responded to a shots-fired call from Elie’s uncle on March 25, 2018, who told police that Elie had shot at him and his girlfriend. After arriving at the scene, officers found two 9 mm shell casings on the street in front of the residence and a black 9 mm H&K pistol, Model P30SK, under the house by the carport door. After further investigation, officers learned that Elie had been involved in an argument with a family member.  The relative later returned and resumed the argument with Elie. During that time, Elie entered the home and returned with a firearm. As his family members were leaving, Elie threatened to shoot them and fired the gun into the air.

Elie is a felon who has multiple convictions for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances on February 2, 2011, and for simple burglary on October 14, 2011, and February 18, 2011.

The ATF and Alexandria Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamilla A. Bynog prosecuted the case.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 7, 2019