Drug dealer sentenced in federal court

A local man was sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison last week, concluding an investigation by the Lincoln Parish narcotics officers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana announced Thursday that Jacque Pierre Young, 30, of Arcadia, was sentenced to 324 months (27 years) in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. 

Agents with the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team obtained a search warrant for an apartment on East California Avenue in Ruston based on an investigation into drug trafficking. When officers arrived at the house, they found Young in a bedroom in the apartment. Inside that bedroom, 80 grams of methamphetamine and 54 grams of crack cocaine were discovered. A loaded 9mm handgun was also located in an open storage bin in the bedroom.

The narcotics were submitted to the DEA lab for testing and the results indicated the methamphetamine to be 97% pure and the crack cocaine to be 54 grams of cocaine base. Young admitted the drugs and firearm belonged to him and that he intended to sell the drugs. He pleaded guilty to the charges in February.