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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 1, 2024
Brandon Bonaparte Brown
, United States Attorney

Zwolle Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Methamphetamine and Firearms

SHREVEPORT, La. – Larry Maurice Malmay, 47, of Zwolle, Louisiana, was sentenced today on drug trafficking charges, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown. United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. sentenced Malmay to 182 months (15 years, 2 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. 

The charges against Malmay stem from an incident which occurred on December 28, 2022, when officers with Probation and Parole went to his residence to perform a routine residence check. At the time of the visit, Malmay was on probation for prior felony convictions. When Malmay answered the door, the smell of marijuana was immediately apparent to the officer. The officer asked him if there were any prohibited items in the house and he admitted to having two firearms. When the officer attempted to handcuff Malmay, he struggled with the officer and was able to break away and flee the scene. Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to assist in locating Malmay.

Meanwhile, a home visit of Malmay’s house was completed by the officer where he discovered a Ruger EC9S 9mm pistol, a Remington 410 gauge shotgun, 17 grams of methamphetamine, 74 grams of marijuana packaged for distribution, and over 90 various narcotic pills, as well as clear bags for packaging and scales.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 eventually located Malmay hiding and passed out in the woods and he was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The defendant later admitted to law enforcement officers that he had consumed over 100 hydrocodone pills to avoid their discovery and that is what caused him to pass out in the woods. He admitted to storing over two pounds of methamphetamine for another individual in his house at different times. Malmay has multiple prior felonies and knew that he was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Louisiana Probation and Parole, and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert F. Moody.

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