A Natchitoches man has been sentenced in Shreveport Federal Court for his part in a cocaine and methamphetamine distribution operation in northwest and southwest Louisiana and parts of east Texas.  

38-year-old Michael R. Casson has been sentenced to serve 60 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release after his prison time is over for pleading guilty to conspiring to possess crack cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Casson was the last of five defendants to be sentenced in the case.  Federal prosecutors say the defendants conspired to distribute crack cocaine and methamphetamine in Caddo, Bossier, Natchitoches, and Vernon Parishes in addition to parts of east Texas.  He was caught in a DEA Task Force investigation into cocaine and methamphetamine distribution during 2012 and 2013.

That same investigation also led to the arrests of 43-year-old Eric Hunter of Natchitoches; 28-year-old Marquis Williams and 25-year-old Melvin Bobby Morris, Jr, of Leesville: and 42-year-old Isaiah Golston III of Shreveport.  Golston was sentenced in June to 21 months in federal prison; Hunter was sentenced that same month to 100 months in federal prison and Williams was sentenced to 35 months.  Morris was sentenced to 20 months earlier this month.  All four of them will also have to serve three years of supervised release once they've served their federal prison terms.