Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Coushatta man was sentenced Wednesday to 83 months in prison for illegally possessing methamphetamine and firearms.
Aaron Joseph Clark, 66, of Coushatta, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.
According to the February 2, 2017 guilty plea, law enforcement agents identified Clark as a suspect in a drug case and conducted a search of his temporary residence on January 26, 2016 in Ringgold, La. They found a gram of methamphetamine, two grams of marijuana and nine Xanax pills. They also found digital scales, baggies, syringes and pipes.
Additionally, agents located ammunition and a number of loaded weapons including: three revolvers, two derringers, four pistols, four rifles, three shotguns and a weapon made from a shotgun with no serial number. Two of the shotguns were sawed off, and at least six silencers were also found among his possessions. Two days later, agents found 20 grams of methamphetamine hidden in an ammo bag.
This investigation and prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative to promote firearm safety and to reduce firearm crimes by preventing the possession and use of firearms by dangerous and persistent felons and others not authorized to possess a firearm.
The ATF, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office and Tri-Parish Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary J. Mudrick prosecuted the case.