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Ruston Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Role in Cocaine Conspiracy

DEC 03 (SHREVEPORT, La.) –Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Shepherd and U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Ruston man was sentenced Wednesday to 147 months in prison for his role in a cocaine conspiracy that stretched across north Louisiana and led to the seizure of more than $517,000 in cash and resulted in charges for seven defendants.

U.S. currency seized by DEA Shreveport Resident Office during Operation Pit Stop investigation. U.S. currency seized by DEA Shreveport Resident Office during Operation Pit Stop investigation.
U.S. currency seized by DEA Shreveport Resident Office during Operation Pit Stop investigation.

Shannon D’Lario Jenkins, 34, of Ruston, La., was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to 87 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and 60 months in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking for a total of 147 months. He was also sentenced to four years of supervised release. According to the December 4, 2014 guilty plea, from June 2012 to July 2014, Jenkins along with Quincy D. Hoover, 40, and Quwanda L. Forest, 35, both of Natchez, La.; Jesse C. Thomas, 31, of Haynesville, La.; Rodney J. Raymond, 36, of Natchitoches, La.; Carlos C. Jenkins, 37, of Ruston, and Quincy J. Hobbs, 33, of Grand Prairie, Texas, conspired to distribute cocaine throughout Lincoln, Claiborne, Natchitoches, Sabine, DeSoto, Bossier and Caddo parishes with the source cities for the cocaine being Houston and Dallas. Controlled purchases by law enforcement of cocaine powder and crack cocaine were made from several dealers during the investigation. Federal and local law enforcement officials arrested five of the defendants on July 1, 2014, in the northwest Louisiana area, where more than $517,000 in cash, firearms, 16 pounds of marijuana and other items were seized.

Handgun seized by DEA Shreveport Resident Office during Operation Pit Stop investigation. . Marijuana seized by DEA Shreveport Resident Office during Operation Pit Stop investigation.
Handgun seized by DEA Shreveport Resident Office during Operation Pit Stop investigation. Marijuana seized by DEA Shreveport Resident Office during Operation Pit Stop investigation.

Raymond was sentenced on March 26, 2015, to 97 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; Forest was sentenced on May 12, 2015, to 47 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy; and Carlos C. Jenkins was sentenced on June 2, 2015, to 30 months in prison and one year of supervised release for one count of unlawful use of a communication facility. Hobbs, Thomas and Hoover were sentenced on June 29, 2015. Hobbs was sentenced to 87 months in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiracy; Thomas was sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy; and Hoover was sentenced to 108 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The defendants were prosecuted as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation Pit Stop. The DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, ICE, ATF, Louisiana State Police, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ruston Police Department, Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Police Department, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, all participated in this OCDETF operation.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.


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