A man found to be in possession of drugs after he was treated by Shreveport fire medics following a shooting was convicted Thursday, September 22, 2016, in Caddo District Court.
Jermarcus Thomas, 32, of Shreveport, was found guilty as charged for possession of Schedule II narcotics, cocaine, with intent to distribute, by the 10-woman, two-man jury before District Judge Charles Tutt. The jury deliberated under a half-hour before returning with its unanimous verdict.
Thomas faces two to 30 years in prison with the first two years to be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He will be sentenced October 6, 2016.
Thomas was found to have been shot in late July 2015 after Shreveport police responded to a shooting call in the 300 block of 68th Street. As members of the Shreveport Fire Department removed Thomas’s clothes to treat his wounds, officers saw in plain view baggies of cocaine hidden between his legs. In all, police found 19 individual baggies, 17 with crack cocaine and two of powdered cocaine.
Thomas was prosecuted by Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Kodie K. Smith. He was defended by Richard Fisher.