For Immediate Release
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Case Results in Sentence of Over 8 Years for North Louisiana Man
SHREVEPORT, La. - United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case dubbed “Operation Pick Your Battles” has resulted in a conviction and sentence for Clifton Williams, 48, of Many, Louisiana. Williams was sentenced today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to a total of 100 months (8 years, 4 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Williams pleaded guilty November 2, 2022, to possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to evidence presented to the court, on or about February 10, 2022, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Williams’ home in Many, Louisiana. Williams was present at the residence at the time of the search when officers found methamphetamine, a scale, a box of sandwich bags, and a loaded Glock Model 23 .40 caliber pistol with an extended magazine. Williams was subsequently arrested. At the time of his arrest, Williams was serving time on federal supervised release for his conviction from 2011 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in United States District Court in the Western District of Louisiana. As a convicted felon, Williams knew that he was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition.
The narcotics seized were sent to the crime lab for testing and confirmed to be methamphetamine. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) examined the firearm and determined it to be operable.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, ATF, and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy.
This effort is part of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.