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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Louisiana
Brandon B. Brown, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Drugs Seized From Residence in Claiborne Parish Leads to 15+ Year Sentence for Haynesville Man

SHREVEPORT, La. –United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced the sentencing of Dean Fitzgerald Williams, 40, of Haynesville, Louisiana. United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Williams to 181 months (15 years, 1 month) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Williams pleaded guilty to the charges on February 8, 2023.

Law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Williams on June 24, 2022. During the search of the residence, officers located methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and a scale in a storage room in the residence. Inside the master bedroom of the residence, law enforcement agents located additional crack cocaine (approximately 8.5 gross grams) and approximately 680.2 grams of marijuana. A Sig Sauer pistol, model: 1911 We the People, caliber: .45 Auto was located in Williams’ bedding and a Hi-Point pistol; model: C9; caliber: .9mm, was located under his mattress and box springs, as well as approximately $13,000 in cash, which he admitted post-Miranda to be drug proceeds.

The narcotics were sent to the DEA Southeast Laboratory in Miami, Florida who analyzed them and determined the drugs to be 419.8 grams of methamphetamine actual (pure) and 113.0 grams of cocaine base. Williams admitted that the narcotics found in his residence belonged to him included the methamphetamine found in the storage room and that he possessed both firearms in furtherance of the commission of the drug trafficking offense charged, possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the DEA, ATF, Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ruston Police Department and was prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Edwards and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath.

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