For Immediate Release
Illegal Possession of Drugs and Firearm Results in Hefty Sentence for Shreveport Man
SHREVEPORT, La. - U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced the sentencing of Odis Freeman, 36, of Shreveport today. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Freeman to 102 months (8 years, 6 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release for illegal possession of drugs and a firearm. Freeman pleaded guilty on March 15 to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to information introduced in court, officers with the Shreveport Police Department found Freeman in his vehicle in possession of a cigar with suspected marijuana on the center console of his vehicle as well as a loaded Glock magazine inside the center console; a Glock, Model 30, .45 caliber pistol with an extended magazine under the driver’s side floor mat; a bag on the passenger seat which contained several suspected bags of marijuana and another bag with packaging materials; a loaded extended magazine; and a sandwich bag full of suspected marijuana. Officers also found over $3,900 in cash in Freeman’s vehicle.
After being advised of his Miranda rights, Freeman spoke with the officers and admitted that he had additional marijuana inside his residence and a search was conducted. Officers recovered approximately 365 grams of suspected marijuana, approximately 28.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine and two dosage units of alprazolam. In addition, Freeman had packaging materials used for distributing narcotics, five .45 caliber shell casings and a digital scale with marijuana residue on it.
The seized narcotics were sent to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for testing and the suspected marijuana was confirmed. The suspected methamphetamine was determined to be substituted cathinone, a Schedule I controlled substance. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) examined the firearm and determined it was a functioning firearm.
The case was investigated by the ATF and Shreveport Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan.