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Shreveport resident pleads guilty to possessing two loaded firearms during traffic stop

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

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Marcell Deangelo Lewis, 24, of Shreveport, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Hornsby on Monday and pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

According to the guilty plea, on March 19, 2018, a Shreveport Police officer conducted a traffic stop on Lewis’ vehicle on Interstate 49 near Hollywood street for a speeding violation. After making contact with Lewis, the officer immediately smelled marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle.  The officer found a Colt, Model: Trooper MKIII, .357-caliber revolver loaded with six rounds in the center console and a Glock, Model: 23, .40-caliber pistol loaded with 21 rounds of ammunition on the passenger floorboard.  Lewis claimed ownership of both firearms.

Lewis was convicted on December 12, 2018 in Caddo Parish District Court for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  Under federal law, a felon is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Lewis faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  Sentencing for Marcell Lewis is scheduled for September 12, 2019.

The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) 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.

Updated June 4, 2019

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