Shreveport man pleads guilty to drug distribution, firearm offense
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Shreveport man pleaded guilty last week to distributing marijuana and firearm possession.
Xavier Breonte Strickland, 29, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Hornsby to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote. According to the guilty plea, parole officers went to Strickland’s residence on June 2, 2017 in response to a parole violation. While there, they noticed Strickland exit a bedroom. After searching the bedroom, officers found a Ruger pistol, model: SR1911, caliber: .45 with one round of ammunition in the chamber underneath a green tote bag in the bedroom closet. Next to the bag was a black zipper pouch that contained a digital scale and a bag with 31 grams of marijuana.
Strickland faces up to 20 years in prison for the drug count and no less than five years in prison for the firearms count, which is in addition to the term of imprisonment the court imposes for the drug count. He also faces five years in prison and a $1 million fine. The court set sentencing for June 1, 2018.
The ATF and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.