Drug Enforcement Administration

New Orleans

Brad L. Byerley, Special Agent in Charge

April 25, 2017

Contact: SA Debbie Webber

Phone Number: (571) 362-4803

Louisiana Man Sentenced To 19 Years In Prison On Methamphetamine And Firearms Charges

SHREVEPORT, La. - A Zwolle man was sentenced Monday to 19 years in prison for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing multiple firearms, announced Drug Enforcement (DEA) Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Brad L. Byerley and Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook.

Heath Meshell, 34, of Zwolle, La., was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to 168 months in prison on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and 60 months in prison on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.

According to the December 19, 2016 guilty plea, law enforcement agents searched Meshell’s home on April 12, 2016.  The agents found more than 1,700 grams of methamphetamine, a number of prescription pills, digital scales and $1,585. They also found a 9 mm rifle, 9 mm pistol, a 410 shotgun and assorted rounds of ammunition.

The DEA and ATF conducted the investigation.

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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