Facing 10 years to life
United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Reginald T. Warren, 37, of Natchitoches pleaded guilty March 21 before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
According to the guilty plea, law enforcement officers with the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant March 7, 2018, for Reginald Warren’s residence in Natchitoches. Agents found a total of more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine in the residence and a loaded Charter Arms .38-caliber revolver in close proximity to the methamphetamine.
Warren faces 10 years to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a $10 million fine for the methamphetamine offense. He faces at least five years in prison for the firearm offense. Drell set the sentencing date for June 20. The DEA, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office in Texas conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan is prosecuting the case.
The original release, below, appeared in the Natchitoches Times March 10, 2018.
•According to a Task Force Official, on March 7, NMJDTF agents took Temisan A. Smith, b/f, 20, of 4811 East Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, and Reginald Warren, b/m, 36, of 330 Wilkerson Road, Natchitoches, into custody as a result of a lengthy narcotics investigation involving the transporting and distribution of illegal narcotics, namely crystal methamphetamine and Ecstasy pills, in the Parish of Natchitoches. During this operation NMJDTF agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Smith for improper lane usage and other traffic offenses.
As a result of the traffic stop NMJDTF agents searched the vehicle and seized 16,512 suspected Ecstasy pills, approximately 12 ounces of suspected Promethazine syrup and $912 U.S. currency. As a result of Smith’s arrest NMJDTF agents located Warren operating a White GMC Yukon on Hwy 6. Warren was detained during this investigation and then arrested. Agents then obtained a search warrant for Warren’s residence where he advised agents that he did not live. Upon execution of the search warrant, agents located the following: Over 4 pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine Approximately 1 ounce of suspected marijuana 6 Suspected Codeine Pills 1,307 suspected Ecstasy Pills $28,050 U.S. currency .38 caliber revolver Agents also located paraphernalia used in the packaging, manufacturing, and distribution of illegal narcotics.
Agents also located personal items belonging to Warren including U.S. mail, rental receipts, family pictures and other items which further proved that Warren was residing at the residence. During this investigation over 4 pounds of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine, 17,819 suspected Ecstasy pills, and $29,662 U.S. currency were seized. The estimated street value of the narcotics seized is estimated at over $240,000.
Agents believe that the narcotics seized were going to be distributed in Natchitoches Parish. Both suspects were placed in NPDC and charged with the following:
Improper lane usage Obstruction of driver view Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS Schedule I (Ecstasy) Possession With Intent to Distribute CDS Schedule V (Promethazine with Codeine)
Conspiracy to Distribute CDS Schedule I (Ecstasy) Conspiracy to Distribute CDS V (Promethazine with Codeine) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Second and Subsequent Offenses Possession with intent to Distribute CDS Schedule I (Ecstasy) Possession with intent to Distribute CDS Schedule II (Crystal Methamphetamine) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS At the time of his arrest Warren was out on bond for other narcotics charges pending in the 10th Judicial District Court.
The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support. Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen. For this reason the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office.