Judge sentences last of 7 convicted in cocaine conspiracy case

Judge sentences last of 7 convicted in cocaine conspiracy case

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Ruston, La., man has been ordered to serve more than 12 years in prison for his role in a cocaine conspiracy that spanned North Louisiana.

Shannon D'Lario Jenkins, 34, is 1 of 7 people who were arrested as a result of a federal investigation that also led to the seizure of more than $517,000 in cash, firearms, 16 pounds of marijuana and other items.

His sentencing Dec. 2 was held almost a year after he pleaded guilty Dec. 4, 2014.

Evidence presented during that plea hearing shows Jenkins and 6 other people conspired to distribute cocaine from Dallas and Houston throughout Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Claiborne, Natchitoches, Lincoln and Sabine parishes from June 2012 to July 2014, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office.

As part of the investigation, law enforcement officers made controlled purchases of cocaine powder and crack cocaine from several dealers. Five of the defendants were arrested July 1, 2014, in Northwest Louisiana.

Jenkins has been sentenced to 87 months in prison on 1 count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and 60 months in prison on a charge of possession of a firearm while drug trafficking. U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. also has ordered Jenkins to serve 4 years on federal supervised release after he gets out of prison.

The other 6 arrested as a result of the federal inquiry were sentenced earlier this year.

  • Rodney J. Raymond, 36, of Natchitoches, La., was sentenced March 26 to 97 months in prison and 5 years on supervised release on a charge of conspiracy and possession of a firearm during drug trafficking;
  • Quwanda L. Forest, 35, Natchez, La., was sentenced May 12 to 47 months in prison and 3 years on supervised release on a conspiracy charge;
  • Quincy D. Hoover, 40, of Natchez, La., was sentenced June 29 to 108 months in prison and 5 years on supervised release on a charge of conspiracy and possession of a firearm during drug trafficking.
  • Jesse C. Thomas, 31, of Haynesville, La., was sentenced June 29 to 2 years in prison and 3 years on supervised release on a conspiracy charge.
  • Carlos C. Jenkins, 37, of Ruston, La., was sentenced June 2 to 30 months in prison and a year on supervised release on 1 count of unlawful use of a communication facility; and,
  • Quincy J. Hobbs, 33, of Grand Prairie, Texas, was sentenced June 29 to 87 months in prison and 4 years on supervised release on a conspiracy charge.

"Breaking up this drug distribution ring was a huge step in countering the flow of illegal substances into the community," Finley said in a statement.

The defendants were prosecuted as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force's Operation Pit Stop. Participating in the operation were the DEA; U.S. Marshals Service; ICE; ATF; Louisiana state police; the Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Lincoln, Claiborne, Natchitoches and Sabine sheriff's offices and the Ruston, Bossier City, Shreveport and Natchitoches police departments.

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