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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
Thursday, July 6, 2023

Winnsboro Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

MONROE, La. – Eric Marquelle Coleman, 49, of Winnsboro, Louisiana, was sentenced today for illegal possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown. United States District Judge Terry A. Doughty sentenced Coleman to 96 months (8 years) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to evidence presented to the court, law enforcement agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Monroe Metro Narcotics Unit began an investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine in the West Monroe area. While agents were conducting surveillance of an area on July 5, 2022, they observed a Ford F150 truck arrive and then promptly leave the location after receiving an unknown object. The vehicle was later stopped for a traffic violation and the driver was determined to be Coleman. A K9 officer arrived on the scene and an open-air sniff was conducted around the outside of the vehicle. The K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and agents conducted a search of the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, they discovered a Springfield Hellcat 9mm pistol.

Coleman has a lengthy criminal history and was also convicted in March 2015 of a federal felony for attempting to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute and sentenced to 70 months in the Bureau of Prisons. Coleman was out on supervised release at the time of his arrest. As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Coleman pleaded guilty to the indictment on March 16, 2023.

The case was investigated by the DEA, ATF, Louisiana State Police, Monroe Police Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Weber.

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