SHREVEPORT, La. – Interim United States Lawyer Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Michael Shane Haynes, IV, 43, from Bossier City, Louisiana, was sentenced by the Chief District Judge of the United States, S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 42 months in prison, followed by 4 years on probation for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute of marijuana.

Haynes was indicted in October 2020, along with eight other defendants, as part of a long-term investigation into illegal drug trafficking activities in the Shreveport / Bossier City area. This investigation, dubbed Operation Hustle City, was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (OCDETF), which is made up of enforcement officers. federal, state and local laws working jointly on drug trafficking cases in the Western District of Louisiana.

During their investigation, law enforcement officers learned that Haynes was a known high profile marijuana dealer in the Shreveport / Bossier City area and that he was selling marijuana from his location. business on West Rue de Shreveport and his residence in Bossier City. In July 2018, officers were able to intercept phone calls and texts between Haynes and a co-accused in which they discussed Haynes’ use of marijuana. During their investigation, officers observed Haynes selling marijuana to individuals three times, in amounts of 441.9 grams, 230 grams and 444 grams. Haynes was charged and pleaded guilty on May 6, 2021.

One of his co-defendants, Danny Glen Roy Welch, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced on September 3, 2021 to 37 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. The remaining seven defendants are Shamariay Duntae Locke, Jeremy Rechard Francis, Rico DeAngelo Lawrence, Robert Lynn Baulkman, Frank Gilford Joshua, IV, Keynon Letray Frazier and Garrett Oshann Sudds and are expected to stand trial on December 13, 2021.

The DEA, the Shreveport Police Department and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated. Assistant US Attorney Brandon B. Brown is pursuing the case.

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