Louisiana Man Sentenced to More than 8 Years in Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Case

By Orion Blake
Published June 16, 2023

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Louisiana Man Sentenced to More than 8 Years in Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Case

Louisiana – A Louisiana man has been sentenced to more than 8 years in federal prison in Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

On June 15, 2023, United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case dubbed “Operation Pick Your Battles” has resulted in a conviction and sentence for Clifton Williams, 48, of Many, Louisiana. Williams was sentenced by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to a total of 100 months (8 years, 4 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

On November 2, 2022, Williams pleaded guilty to possessing a gun during a drug trafficking felony and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to evidence given in court, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Williams’ residence in Many, Louisiana, on or about February 10, 2022. Officers discovered methamphetamine, a scale, a package of sandwich bags, and a loaded Glock Model 23 .40 caliber pistol with an extended magazine at Williams’ residence during the search. Williams was eventually arrested. Williams was spending time on federal supervised release following his 2011 conviction in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Williams was aware that he was not permitted to possess a firearm or ammunition as a convicted criminal.

The narcotics recovered were tested at a crime lab and determined to be methamphetamine. The firearm was found to be functional after ATF agents examined it.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the ATF, and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy.

This operation is part of the ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the highest-level criminal organizations that pose a threat to the United States. Further information about the OCDETF Program is available at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.