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Drug trafficking co-conspirators receive federal prison sentences

Louisiana – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that two co-conspirators, Roderick Lamont Stills, a.k.a. “Scooter,” 45, of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Myron Keith Carter, a.k.a. “Cali Red,” 38, of Ontario, California, have been sentenced by Chief United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr., for their involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy. Stills was sentenced to 168 months (14 years) in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and Carter was sentenced to 78 months (6 years, 2 months) in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The allegations in this case come from a DEA investigation into methamphetamine shipments from Southern California that were being distributed to individuals in the Shreveport region. The arrival of parcels from California into the Western District of Louisiana was discovered by DEA and USPS agents on July 31, 2019. A postal carrier delivered one of the parcels to a location on Line Avenue in Shreveport the next day, according to agents. Agents saw Stills pick up the package and carry it to his automobile. Agents seized Stills and discovered heat-sealed parcels containing approximately 1,647 gross grams of methamphetamine when they recovered the item from his vehicle. Stills acknowledged that the parcel was his and that he had delivered at least two dozen methamphetamine packages to the Shreveport region. He further stated that on occasion, he would have people pick up the shipments from him and that he would also transfer the drugs to others for resale.

Agents discovered during their investigation that Carter would send methamphetamine to a Shreveport location, then fly to Dallas, rent a car, and travel to Shreveport to pick up the box. He would then set up meetings with individuals in Shreveport to sell large quantities of methamphetamine to them. Carter set up such a meeting on September 18, 2019, and sold methamphetamine to an individual for $3,700. The methamphetamine, which weighed 375.4 grams, was later examined at the DEA crime lab and proved to be methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by DEA and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford.