Possession and Trafficking of Drugs Sends Two Men to Prison

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SHREVEPORT, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that two men from north Louisiana were sentenced to prison today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote.

Keaton Lamar Shaw, 34, of Shreveport, was sentenced to 151 months (12 years, 7 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On February 27, 2019, Shaw was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by law enforcement officers for a traffic violation. When officers approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside and asked the occupants to exit the vehicle. Shaw exited the vehicle wearing a black backpack. Officers saw a pistol in plain view between the passenger seat and the center console of the truck and found it to be loaded. Officers were aware that Shaw was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition and he was arrested. Law enforcement officers found inside Shaw’s backpack 6 grams of powder cocaine, 3,017 tablets containing 639 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine, 226 grams of marijuana, and a scale. In addition, a search warrant was executed at Shaw’s residence where approximately 18 grams of marijuana was found in the dresser next to his bed.

Shaw has two previous felony convictions for attempted possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, in 2008 and 2018, and as such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

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The DEA, ATF and Shreveport Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cadesby B. Cooper prosecuted the case.


Jamie William Hill, 42, of Mansfield, Louisiana, was sentenced to 121 months (10 years, 1 month) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Law enforcement agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking activities in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. Through their investigation, they learned on October 25, 2020, that Hill was going to sell methamphetamine at a local motel in Shreveport. Based on that information, agents set up surveillance at the motel. Agents observed Hill drive into the motel parking lot and stay there for a period of time and leave. Deputies with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop of Hill for having an altered temporary registration tag. Hill denied having any drugs in the vehicle and gave deputies consent to search it. Deputies found approximately 263.7 grams of methamphetamine in a clear plastic bag underneath the gear shift. Hill was arrested and later admitted to having more drugs in a nearby hotel room. During the search of the room, law enforcement agents found and seized methamphetamine hidden in a freezer, and in the air conditioning unit, and found a 9mm pistol in his luggage. The methamphetamine was tested by the DEA Lab and determined that the total weight of all that was seized was 263.7 grams.

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