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Visit to Parole Officer Leads to Arrest and Conviction for Illegal Possession of Firearm

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

SHREVEPORT, La. - Sirtajro Tourei Heard, 31, of Shreveport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to 69 months (5 years, 9 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced.

On October 1, 2019, Heard reported to his parole officer and was subsequently arrested and taken to the Caddo Correctional Center (CCC). Once at CCC, Heard made a phone call instructing an unknown individual to go to the residence where Heard was living and pick up a backpack and the thing on top of the kitchen cabinet. The next day, his parole officers went to that residence and obtained permission to search the residence from the owner. Officers located a Nike backpack containing a large quantity of clear baggies, digital scales an envelope filled with marijuana, and two baggies of marijuana. Also found on top of the kitchen cabinet was a pistol with a Glock switch attached and an extended magazine loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition. Heard admitted to possessing the firearm and knowing that as a convicted felon he was prohibited from doing so.

Heard’s prior felony convictions are for simple criminal damage to property (2008); possession of narcotics (2011); possession of marijuana (2012); possession of a narcotics (2016); and possession with intent to distribute narcotics and felon in possession of a firearm (2018).

The ATF and Louisiana State Probation and Parole conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille Gilreath prosecuted the case.

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Updated August 11, 2021

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