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Firearm Discovered During Jefferson Parish Traffic Stop Results in 37 Month Sentence for Convicted Felon

NEW ORLEANS – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced today that Terrell Richardson (“Richardson”), age 37, of Westwego, Louisiana, was sentenced to thirty-seven (37) months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Martin L. C. Feldman for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.  Additionally, Richardson was ordered to serve three (3) years of supervised release and pay a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

According to court documents, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies stopped Richardson after he committed a traffic violation on N. Causeway Blvd. in Metairie, Louisiana.  Law enforcement smelled marijuana and proceeded to search Richarson’s vehicle.  They discovered a reportedly stolen and loaded, SCCY Industries Model CPX-2, nine-millimeter caliber semi-automatic firearm, bearing serial number 192060.  Richardson possessed the firearm after having been convicted on January 22, 2002 of a federal felony offense.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This matter was handled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Duane A. Evans is prosecuting the case.