SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) A Rodessa, Louisiana resident was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.
Stanley Simmelkjaer, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty on March 22, 2019. Walter also ordered the defendant to serve five years of supervised release following his incarceration.
According to information presented in court, Shreveport Police observed Simmelkjaer using three properties he owned on Sumner Street in Shreveport to distribute illegal narcotics.
Simmelkjaer sold marijuana from two of his Sumner Street properties between February 2018 through July 2018 while his tenant sold marijuana from his third property located on Sumner.
During this time, police conducted surveillance on Simmelkjaer and observed him travel to two properties on East Front Street in Rodessa before and after the drug sales.
Law enforcement agents executed search warrants on August 1, 2018, at all five locations and recovered digital scales and approximately 1 kilogram of methamphetamine, some of which appeared to be packaged for distribution, from one of the properties located on Sumner Street and one located on East Front Street.
Under federal law, certain drug charges carry mandatory minimum sentences. In this case, Simmelkjaer possessed more than 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, which carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.
The DEA and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy prosecuted the case.