Ferriday man faces prison for drug sales

Published 12:04am Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ferriday — A Ferriday man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Friday in connection to the sale of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in the Ferriday area.

U.S. District Judge Dee Drell sentenced Xavier L. Green, 26, of Ferriday, to 140 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and 60 months in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Green was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release.

Green pleaded guilty to the charges on Oct. 11, 2013.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, from November 2011 to December 2011, authorities intercepted communications between Green and another defendant discussing the sale of crack cocaine and making purchases.

On Feb. 1, 2012, authorities were approaching a crowd on Alabama Avenue in Ferriday when they observed Green flee a home from across the street.

Authorities chased Green before he discarded a .357 caliber handgun and bags containing drugs.

Authorities eventually found more than $1,000 and more suspected narcotics on Green.

Green, and several others, were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation dubbed “Delta Blues.”

The task force involved federal and state law enforcement agencies as well as local officials, such as the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Others who were arrested in the operation and have since been sentenced include:

• Efuante Morales, 28, pleaded guilty Sept., 25, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced Jan. 3, to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

• Wilbert Henderson, 35, pleaded guilty Sept. 12, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced Dec. 12, to 5 years and 10 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $4,500 fine.

• Marquise Poole, 31, pleaded guilty July 18, 2012, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced March 22, to 5 years and 6 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $2,900 fine.

• Ronathan Quinn, 41, pleaded guilty Sept. 24, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced Dec. 12, to 8 years and 3 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.

• Frederick Saulsberry, 30, pleaded guilty July 10, 2013, to use of a communication facility and was sentenced Oct. 28, 2013 to one year in prison and one year of supervised release.