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

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Springhill Woman Found with 230 Grams of Methamphetamine and more than $5,000

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Webster Parish woman pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Reiny Ratliff, 21, of Springhill, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Springhill Police responded on March 12, 2014 to a complaint that someone was illegally parked in a handicapped spot at a local retail store. While questioning Ratliff, the officer saw drug paraphernalia in the car, arrested her, and impounded the vehicle. Upon search of her purse, 229.7 grams of methamphetamine and $5,347 were found.

Ratliff faces up to 20 years in prison, three years supervised release, a $1 million fine and forfeiture of the money found. A sentencing date of April 29, 2015 was set.

The DEA and Springhill Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 3, 2015