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Two Shreveport Men Guilty of Illegal Possession of Drugs and Firearms Sentenced to Prison

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

SHREVEPORT, La. - United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that two men from Shreveport were sentenced today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote for illegally possessing drugs and firearms.

Eric Lamar Wimbley, 51, was sentenced to 168 months (14 years) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.  On April 13, 2022, officers with the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a parole search of a vehicle being used by Wimbley. While searching the vehicle, officers found approximately 1.320 grams of cocaine, 107.7 grams of cocaine base, and 125.67 grams of methamphetamine-based tablets, all packaged for distribution. Also inside the vehicle was a bag containing digital scales, razor blades with cocaine residue, packaging material, and a loaded 9mm handgun. Officers also found Wimbley to be in possession of the key fob to the vehicle. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm. Wimbley pleaded guilty in December 2022 to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.     

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Shannon.

In a separate case, Demetrius Johnson, Jr., 23, was sentenced to 66 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release for illegal possession of marijuana and a firearm. On March 14, 2022, officers with the Shreveport Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle being driven by Johnson. When approaching the vehicle, the officer detected the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and detained Johnson. A K-9 unit was called and alerted to the front driver’s seat and a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, officers located a Century Arms Draco pistol under the passenger seat of his vehicle, as well as a backpack containing approximately 200 grams of marijuana in separate bags, packaging material, and a digital scale. A 9mm Glock magazine was also found in the vehicle. The narcotics were sent to the crime laboratory for testing and was confirmed to be marijuana. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) tested the firearm and it was determined to be a functional firearm which had traveled in interstate commerce. 

The case was investigated by the ATF and Shreveport Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford.

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Updated May 3, 2023

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