Springfield man sentenced for drug trafficking & gun charges
United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Jimmy Lindsey, age 22, of Springfield, Louisiana, to 132 months in federal prison following his convictions of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, and oxycodone, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The Court further sentenced Lindsey to 4 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and ordered that the firearm involved be forfeited.
According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, Lindsey was on probation for felony narcotics distribution charges in Livingston Parish when agents with the Louisiana Probation and Parole, along with Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives, attempted to conduct a compliance check at his residence on July 5, 2018. Agents were aware that Lindsey would be driving a black BMW. While patrolling the area near Lindsey’s residence, detectives encountered a black BMW leaving the area. Detectives initiated a traffic stop after observing the driver of the BMW fail to utilize turn signals on two separate occasions.
As detectives approached the vehicle, they recognized the driver to be Lindsey. They also smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. As Lindsey was secured, the deputies found a loaded Smith and Wesson .380 pistol, in his back right pants pocket. The detectives also located methamphetamine and oxycodone pills in his right pants pocket, as well as two zip-lock bags of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.
Prior to possessing the firearm, Lindsey pled no contest to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of oxycodone, possession of buprenorphine, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana in February 2017 in Livingston Parish.
U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “This conviction and sentence is the result of diligent state and local law enforcement working with federal authorities to ensure our streets are safe. The message is clear – we will not tolerate repeat offenders who disregard conditions of felony probation and continue to engage in criminal behavior. I want to thank our prosecutor, the ATF, the Louisiana Probation and Parole Office, and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office for their excellent work on this case.”
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard stated, “Our goal is to protect our citizens. I am proud of the LPSO Narcotics Division. I appreciate their dedication to Livingston Parish and the working relationship we have with the U.S. Attorney.”
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with critical assistance from the Louisiana Probation and Parole Office and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eli J. Abad.