BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Reuben Maurice Crawford, age 36, of Baton Rouge, is going to be spending over nine years in prison after a recent guilty plea.

Crawford was sentenced “to 110 months in federal prison following his convictions for unlawful use of communications facilities in furtherance of drug trafficking activities and possession of contraband in prison,” according to the United States Department of Justice.

The prison sentence stems from incidents that took place in 2017 and 2021.

Crawford admitted to the crimes related to this incident.

Those crimes include being “involved with a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of controlled substances,” according to the United States Department of Justice.

The United States Department of Justice provided a breakdown of three incidents that Crawford admitted to:

  • On June 7, 2017, Crawford and another member of the organization discussed collection of drug trafficking proceeds from other members of the organization.
  • On June 19, 2017, Crawford called another member and warned him that he was being surveilled by federal agents.
  • In June 2021, on two separate occasions, while housed as an inmate at West Baton Rouge Parish Prison, Crawford possessed cellular telephones, which are prohibited objects in prison under federal law.

After Crawford is done with his prison sentence, the Baton Rouge man will have “to serve one year of supervised release,” according to the United States Department of Justice.

These organizations took part in the investigation which led to the conviction of Reuben Maurice Crawford.

  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives
  • The U.S. Marshals Service
  • The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. stated, “This sentence demonstrates that we will use all tools at our disposal to bring to justice those who deal drugs in our community. The combined
federal, state, and local efforts that culminated in this conviction once again reflect our unified
front against crime in this district. I appreciate the tremendous dedication and hard work by the agents and prosecutors who worked tirelessly on this important matter.”