Two Defendants Sentenced for Possessing Illegal Narcotics and Firearms

Published 6:44 am Thursday, December 15, 2022

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that two defendants who were found guilty of trafficking narcotics in the Shreveport/Bossier City area have been sentenced by United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr.

Timothy DeWayne Vasher, 20, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of firearms during a drug trafficking offense. On August 11, 2021, deputies with the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle and made contact with the driver who was Vasher. Law enforcement agents detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and conducted a probable cause search. Inside the center console, deputies found baggies containing between 3-5 grams of marijuana and a loaded Glock Model 21 .45 pistol.  Inside the trunk, deputies found a loaded Smith & Wesson Model M&P AR-15 pistol with a 50-round drum. The AR-15 had a barrel length of 8 7/8 inches and an overall length of 23 7/8 inches which had not been registered with the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Records (NFRTR). Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) determined that the firearms were in working order and that the AR-15 was stolen. The narcotics were tested by the North Louisiana Crime Lab and confirmed to be marijuana.

This case was investigated by the ATF and Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford.

Misty Michell Moran a/k/a Misty Ott, 46, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was also sentenced  to 120 months (10 years) in prison, followed by 3 years supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In January 2022, agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received information that Moran was transporting large amounts of methamphetamine from the Dallas, Texas area to the Shreveport area. Through their investigation, agents learned that Moran was frequently making these trips. On February 21, 2022, troopers with the Louisiana State Police conducted a traffic stop of Moran’s vehicle for a speeding violation in Shreveport. Law enforcement officers found suspected methamphetamine inside a plastic bowl on the passenger seat of the vehicle, a SCCY Model CPX-2 9mm handgun attached to the front dashboard, and over $2,000 in cash. The narcotics were sent to the DEA Crime Lab and it was confirmed that the seized narcotics contained 998 grams of pure methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the DEA and Louisiana State Police and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford.