U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Western District of Louisiana
United States Courthouse
300 Fannin Street, Suite 3201
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101-3068
United States Courthouse
800 Lafayette Street, Suite 2200
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501-7206
For Immediate Release
October 22, 2009
Donald W. Washington, United States Attorney
Contact: Donald W. Washington
Contact: William J. Flanagan
Armed Home Invasion Group Member Pleads Guilty In Federal Court To Drug And Firearms Charges
Project Safe Neighborhood Undercover Investigation Stops Stash House Robbery Plot
Shreveport, Louisiana — A member of a violent drug trafficking group in Shreveport, Louisiana pleaded guilty today to planning an armed home invasion to rob rival drug dealers of cash and drugs, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced. Schmanisky Broadway, 29, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Tom Stagg to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of firearms in relation to drug trafficking.
BROADWAY and three others were indicted in August 2009 on a variety of drug trafficking and firearms charges. According to court testimony during today's hearing, an undercover ATF agent approached Broadway and others posing as an out-of-town drug courier who was disgruntled with certain drug dealers who owed him money. Broadway and others readily agreed to join a plot to rob the drug dealers of 10 kilos of cocaine and money. Broadway told the undercover agent that he had done this before and that “you gotta burn the first guy so they get their minds right,” that is, kill the first person encountered in the stash house so as to control the others. Broadway further told the undercover agent that they would dress up like a police SWAT team in order to disguise themselves when committing the robbery.
On August 6, Broadway repeatedly called the undercover agent asking when they could do the robbery as they were all ready. Everyone agreed to meet in the parking lot of the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and an ATF SWAT team was in place to arrest those involved. Agents recovered a total of three loaded pistols, duct tape, and two black hooded-sweatshirts. Broadway faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years. Sentencing is scheduled for January 28, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Sentencing in federal court is determined by the discretion of federal judges and the governing statute. Parole has been abolished in the federal system.
U.S. Attorney Donald Washington stated: “If we are to have safe neighborhoods, then criminals of the likes of Mr. Broadway must be incarcerated for the longest possible time. This office will continue to do all that we can in the law enforcement realm to pursue and bring violent criminals to their day in court. We also continue to request that good neighbors continue to report criminal conduct to law enforcement officers.”
This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide program begun in 2001 and was designed to reduce violence in our communities by aggressively using existing federal firearms laws. This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Shreveport Field Office, Special Task Force Agent Alan Alkire, in conjunction with the Shreveport Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles, Jr.