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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Shreveport felon sentenced to 97 months in prison for firearm charges

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Shreveport man was sentenced to 97 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing the firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Carlos Tramell Russell, 30, of Shreveport, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the June 23, 2016 guilty plea, Shreveport Police responded to a domestic dispute call on July 8, 2015. Russell was reported to have been seen with a firearm during an incident at a Shreveport residence. Officers then searched Russell’s home and found a Romarm pistol, model Micro Draco, 7.62 by 39 mm and ammunition in his home. They also found three bags of cocaine. Russell had prior felony convictions in 2005 and 2010.

This investigation and prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative to promote firearm safety and to reduce firearm crimes by preventing the possession and use of firearms by dangerous and persistent felons and others not authorized to possess a firearm.

The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. prosecuted the case.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated September 13, 2016