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 A Louisiana city may be filled with food trucks, but only some are licensed to serve.

News outlets say just seven of at least 30 food trucks are legally allowed to operate in Shreveport.

The low number of licenses surprised city council members and Mayor Adrian Perkins during a work session Monday.

Eliezer Merino-Tetlactle, 25, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty to one count of re-entry of a removed alien. 

According to the guilty plea, West Monroe police arrested Merino-Tetlactle on August 23, 2018 for carnal knowledge of a juvenile, computer aided solicitation of a minor, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. His background check showed that he was an illegal alien who had been previously removed from the United States twice.

Officials of Explo Systems, Inc., were sentenced for their roles in a criminal conspiracy.  “The defendants sentenced today used Camp Minden here in Northwest Louisiana as the largest illegal dumping ground of military explosives in the history of the United States – at over 15.6 million pounds of explosives,” United States Attorney David C. Joseph stated.

An illegal alien from Honduras was indicted on multiple firearms violations and illegally re-entering the country.

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Sports betting will not be legal in Louisiana anytime soon as a push to allow parishes to vote on allowing it in casinos was shot down six to three in Senate Finance. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny, the bill’s sponsor, says if the US Supreme Court expands sports gaming nationwide, Louisiana could lose out on a lot of tourism to its neighbors.


Martiny says, "I'm not saying that this will cure everything, but we will lose customers and money if Mississippi and Arkansas have sports betting and we don't. 


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A bill that makes it illegal to place your hands on your cell phone while driving passed the House Transportation committee. Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval’s measure says you can’t text or hold your phone, while behind the wheel. Jennifer Smith from Stop Distractions dot org says studies have shown cell phones divide your attention.


Huval says the legislation allows you to use a  hand free device to talk on the phone, but the measure prohibits the use of holding a phone.


A man from Mexico pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a rifle.

Gerardo C. Rodriguez, 53, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before to one count of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Mexican citizen pleaded guilty Monday to reentering the United States illegally after being arrested for trying to obtain a Louisiana Identification Card in Morgan City.

Jose Edmundo Martinez-Ortiz, 24, of San Salvador, El Salvador, was sentenced Friday on one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien. 

 According to the April 17, 2017 guilty plea, Lake Charles police conducted a trafficstop on a vehicle containing illegal aliens on November 15, 2016. Martinez-Ortiz admittedto being in the United States illegally.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement agentsfound that the defendant had been found guilty of armed robbery in Maryland onSeptember 11, 2014 and had been removed from the United States in 2016.