A federal jury Friday convicted former Winn Parish Sheriff Albert D. “Bodie” Little of drug trafficking charges. After four days of testimony, jurors in Shreveport returned a guilty verdict on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and two counts of the use of a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said.
The federal charges resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force, a federal, state and local cooperative against drug trafficking. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Louisiana State Police, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Shreveport police and Bossier City police conducted the investigation.
Ten people were indicted with Little, a first-time sheriff. All have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Little faces 10 years to life in prison and up to $10 million in fines on the conspiracy charge, Finley said. Convictions of possessing and intending to distribute lesser amounts range from five years to 40 years in prison, she said.
Sentencing is set for June 15.
“When law enforcement officers disregard the law it hurts all citizens,” Finley said. “We hope that this case sends a message that drug trafficking is a serious offense, and anyone who decides to deal or facilitate the sale of illegal substances will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Since taking office in 2008, Little has twice had to ask the Louisiana Bond Commission to let him borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the office afloat. In 2010, Little was accused of allowing a convicted DWI offender to get out of parish jail early, despite a state district judge’s order.
State police searched his home and office as part of the investigation.