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Natchitoches Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Role in Illegal Drug Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Natchitoches man was sentenced to 70 months in prison for conspiring to sell cocaine and methamphetamine.

James R. Smith Jr., 39, of Natchitoches, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald Walter for one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to evidence presented at the May 16, 2014 guilty plea, Smith conspired with others from 2010 to 2013 to distribute and possess powder cocaine and methamphetamine in Caddo Parish, Bossier Parish, Vernon Parish and Houston, Texas. Authorities recorded Smith selling another man 1 pound of methamphetamine.

Smith was arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation called Operation Styrofoam Cookies. The DEA participated in this OCDETF investigation.

The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles prosecuted the case.

Updated January 30, 2015