Monroe Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm Possession

MONROE (KTVE/KARD, U.S. Attorney's Office) -- According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a Monroe resident was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for illegal possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of firearms.

36-year-old Corey Moses of Monroe was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James for one count of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

According to evidence presented at a November 15, 2013 guilty plea, Sterlington Police officers stopped the vehicle Moses was driving for speeding on December 9, 2010. 

Moses consented to a search of the vehicle and police found marijuana, two 9 mm pistols and one .380 caliber pistol.

The two 9 mm pistols were stolen from another person. 

Moses had been previously convicted in Monroe of theft in 1996 and burglary in 1997. He was also convicted in October 2007 in Providence, RI of carrying a firearm by a person convicted of a felony.

"Felons carrying weapons is a violation of federal law," U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said. "The defendant's situation was further complicated by also possessing an illegal substance and had stolen the weapons. The U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to vigorously prosecute felons who possess firearms while in possession of illegal drugs."

The Sterlington Police Department, West Monroe Police Department, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation.

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