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Shreveport man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm and drugs

SHREVEPORT, La. – Denell Linn Lee, 44, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced on drug and firearms charges, United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced.

United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Lee to 115 months (8 years, 7 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Lee pleaded guilty on September 27, 2022, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to information presented to the court, on the evening of February 27, 2020, agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Street Level Interdiction Unit and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) stopped Lee for driving a car without a
license plate. As agents approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Law enforcement officers lawfully searched the vehicle and found a small amount of marijuana on the driver’s side floorboard where Lee had been sitting.

In addition, agents found a bag containing a .22 caliber revolver, a digital scale, and approximately 565 tablets of a substance containing methamphetamine. The combined weight of the tablets was over 100 grams.

Lee has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for simple kidnapping, simple burglary, attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, domestic abuse battery, and domestic abuse with strangulation. As a convicted felon, Lee is prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition.