Eason sentenced to a pair of 10-year terms, will be served concurrently
Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies took a major player out of the drug dealing ring in December, and Friday, 26th Judicial District Judge John Robinson made sure Andrea Eason will stay out of it for the next decade.
Eason, 31, of Central School Road, Dubberly, entered a guilty plea on six counts of distribution of CDS Sch. II (cocaine), two counts of possession of CDS in presence of a minor, possession of Sch. II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to distribute Sch. II (cocaine) over 200 grams, possession with intent to distribute Sch. I (marijuana), possession with intent to distribute Sch. II (Alprazalan), possession with intent to distribute Sch. IV (Xanax) and possession of Sch. III (Lortab) with intent to distribute.
Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said he offered Eason the deal and gave him 30 minutes to decide.
"I received a phone call later, saying it was done," Marvin said. "We offered two 10-year concurrent sentences – one for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one for distribution."
Marvin said in addition, Eason forefeited around $12,000 which was confiscated by the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office at the time of his arrest.
"He was supposed to forfeit a Tahoe (sport utility vehicle) that we seized, but we found out it had a mortgage on it."
Since the mortage on the vehicle was valid, Marvin said his office opted to allow Eason's wife to substitute $1,000 for it.
"Then, maybe she can approach the bank about getting the car back," he said.
Webster Parish Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bobby Igo, Jr. said his office had received numerous calls from south Webster residents, complaining of the drug trade in which Eason was a heavy hitter.
"Eason has been a tough guy to get, and until now, we just couldn't get the right opportunity," Igo said. "It was a long investigation with outstanding results."
It was a case where sheriff's investigators were able to give the district attorney's office evidence with which to work.
"It takes many hours of hard work and putting things together to get things done the correct way, but it all pays off in the end," Igo said. "Eason has been a drug dealer down there for years. We want the people to know, when they tell us something, we do listen and we do act."
Marvin agreed the sheriff's department gave them everything they needed, especially if the case had gone to trial.
"It's a case, I would've preferred to take to trial," he said. "Eason may have gotten more time if we had – but anything can happen in a trial."
Marvin said he received at least six phone calls from residents, saying thank you.
"They were thanking us and the sheriff's department for getting this guy out of their community," Marvin said. "He was a problem."