Southwest Louisiana Man Sentenced to More than 11 Years for Drug and Firearms Charges

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Published June 24, 2022

Southwest Louisiana Man Sentenced to More than 11 Years for Drug and Firearms Charges

Louisiana – On June 23, 2022, Morgan Lyons, 43, of Jennings, Louisiana, was sentenced by United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. to 137 months (11 years, 5 months) in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, for illegal possession of drugs and firearms, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown.

Lyons was found guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm by a jury in Lafayette, Louisiana, on February 10, 2022. According to evidence presented at trial, law enforcement officers from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, the Louisiana State Police, and the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of a cooperating witness, made a controlled delivery of marijuana to Morgan Lyons’ residence.

Officers executed a search warrant at the residence shortly after the controlled delivery and discovered approximately 43 ounces of cocaine, a ledger book, four digital scales, $36,020, an AR-15 assault rifle, a Ruger 9mm firearm, and a large box of assorted ammunition, as well as numerous documents in the name of Morgan Lyons.

Lyons had a prior felony conviction for cocaine possession and a prior conviction for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine, as well as multiple violent felony arrests, according to evidence presented at trial. He will forfeit the $36,020 seized as a result of his conviction.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana State Police investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Luke Walker and Craig R. Bordelon.