A Shreveport man facing numerous felony drug and gun charges pleaded guilty Monday, August 19, 2019, just before he was to go on trial in Caddo District Court.
Victor Varnell Lindsay Jr., 36, of Shreveport, admitted guilt before Caddo District Judge Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett. Charges against him were for possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 2 (28 grams or more) controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 4 controlled dangerous substance, clonazepam; possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 4 controlled dangerous substance, diazepam; and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1 (less than 2 ½ pounds) controlled dangerous substance, marijuana.
Lindsay was arrested November 16, 2018, after Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Agent Tim King, accompanied by members of the Mid-Level Interdiction Unit and the Caddo Special Response Team, executed a search warrant at Lindsay’s residence on California Avenue in Shreveport. Agent King recovered a 9mm Taurus and .40-caliber Glock handguns, was well as approximately 54.4 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 36.6 grams of marijuana, 24 diazepam tablets and 27 clonazepam tablets and approximately 1.5 grams of THC wax. Agent King also recovered a Bushmaster rifle with a drum magazine under Lindsay’s bed.
Lindsay’s plea admitted guilt to the gun charge and to the Schedule 2 drug charge. On the gun charge, he was sentenced to 20 years at hard labor without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. For the drug charge, he was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor, the sentences to be served consecutively, as well as to any other sentence being served.
Had he been convicted in trial, Lindsay could have been sentenced, with consecutive terms, to at least nine and as many as 70 years in prison, as well as fines that could have totalled more than $100,000.
Lindsay was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ross Owen. He was defended by Ernest Gilliam.