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Two Drug Traffickers Receive Federal Prison Sentences Totaling Over 30 Years

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

SHREVEPORT, La. – Two defendants have been sentenced for their involvement in the trafficking of methamphetamine in the Shreveport/Bossier City area, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown. United States District Judge Donald E. Walter sentenced both defendants as follows:

Justin Lamar Shealey, 40, of Bossier City, Louisiana, was sentenced to 210 months (17 years, 6 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, on drug trafficking charges.  His co-defendant, John Chaz Bernos, 39, was previously sentenced on August 26, 2022 to spend 162 months (13 years, 6 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Shealey and Bernos each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On February 24, 2021, Louisiana State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop of Bernos. At the time of the stop, Bernos had an active arrest warrant outstanding. Troopers searched the vehicle Bernos was driving and discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, testosterone, and other assorted prescription pills. Bernos was arrested and later admitted to law enforcement officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that he purchased the methamphetamine and had intended to distribute to others. The methamphetamine was sent to the DEA laboratory for analysis and determined to be 61.8 grams of pure methamphetamine.

Further investigation led DEA agents to Shealey after learning he had sold methamphetamine out of his vehicle. Agents found Shealey at a local casino and received consent to search his vehicle. Inside, they found that he had over 600 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Shealey later admitted to agents that he had been purchasing the methamphetamine in the Dallas area and would bring it back to the Shreveport/Bossier City area for distribution.  

This case was investigated by the DEA and Louisiana State Police and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert F. Moody.

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Updated September 23, 2022