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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

West Monroe Man Sentenced To 90 Months In Prison For Firearms Possession, Drug Trafficking

MONROE, La. –A West Monroe man was sentenced to 90 months in prison and three years of supervised release for drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.

Kerry D. Gayfield, 30, of West Monroe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James for one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and one count of possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking. According to evidence presented at the June 10, 2014 guilty plea, West Monroe police searched a home on January 10, 2013, and discovered Gayfield standing behind a bar in the living room with a digital scale in front of him and a bag of marijuana in his hand. Officers also found a Smith and Wesson, .38 Special revolver loaded with five rounds on him. After conducting a search of the premises, officers found a total of 43.5 grams of marijuana (most packaged for street level sale), scales, marijuana cigars, pipes, $469, a bottle of liquid hydrocodone in someone else’s name, two hydrocodone pills, cocaine, an envelope with handwritten notes indicating drug sales and weight to money ratios, and a second firearm, a Jennings Model J22, .22 caliber pistol loaded with six rounds.

Gayfield has been convicted of five felonies in the Fifth Judicial District Court in West Carroll Parish. He was convicted of simple burglary and forgery in June of 2003, simple burglary and unauthorized use of motor vehicle in January of 2004, and illegal possession of stolen things in April of 2008.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Department of Justice initiative designed to reduce firearm crimes by removing dangerous and persistent felons from the community and promote firearm safety. The PSN attorneys prosecute a variety of federal firearms violations listed in Titles 18 and 26 of the U.S. Code, including illegal possession of firearms and commission of crimes with firearms.

The West Monroe Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015