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Convicted felon sentenced for having a loaded firearm visible in vehicle

SHREVEPORT – Lee Antonio Dunlap a.k.a Ra El Bey, 40, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to spend 60 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced.

According to information presented to the court at the guilty plea hearing for Dunlap, on or about May 17, 2019, a Shreveport Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop of Dunlap’s vehicle near the intersection of Line Avenue and Olive Street in Shreveport. Dunlap was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle. When the officer approached the vehicle, he observed a firearm in plain view on the passenger seat. The firearm was seized and determined to be loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.

Dunlap was previously convicted of a felony offense and knew that he was prohibited from possessing the firearm. His previous convictions are for possession with intent to distribute marijuana (2014), possession or introduction of contraband into a penal institution (2011), simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling (2007), and simple arson (2000).

The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.