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Sentences handed down in federal drug case involving Vernon arrests

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- According to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, the last two suspects from Vernon Parish who were indicted in a federal drug case have been sentenced.

Authorities say 25-year-old Melvin Morris Jr., of Leesville, and Marquis Williams, also of Leesville, were sentenced recently by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote.

Morris was sentenced to 20 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised probation upon his release. Williams was sentenced to 35 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised probation upon his release.

Morris and Williams were prosecuted as part of "OCDEFT, Operation Styrofoam Cookies."

Authorities say the operation stemmed from an investigation initiated by the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force involving Brenda White, of Leesville, and her son, Deshun McNeely, of Haughton, regarding charges of distribution of crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

White received a sentence of 24 months in prison and three years supervised probation upon her release. McNeely received a sentence of 120 months in prison and three years of supervised probation upon his release, according to authorities.

A total of eight suspects have pleaded guilty and received sentences.

The case led to arrests in the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Natchitoches and Vernon.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Leesville
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