70 month sentence for distribution


United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced a Shreveport man was sentenced last week to five years and 10 months in prison for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and use of a firearm in a drug trafficking offense.

Xavier Breonte Strickland, 29, of Shreveport, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

On June 2, 2017, officers went to Strickland’s residence to serve a parole warrant, and after someone opened the door, officers saw Strickland exit a bedroom. Officers searched the house and found a loaded Ruger 1911 semiautomatic pistol in the closet of the bedroom where they saw Strickland. Next to the bag was a black zipper pouch that contained a digital scale and a bag containing 31 grams of marijuana.

The ATF and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara prosecuted the case.