NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office announces the conviction of Calvin Adams, 44, on one count each of possession of weight cocaine, distribution of cocaine, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, monetary instrument abuse, and three counts of possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance. As a jury was being called up and the trial about to commence today, the defendant's attorney, John Fuller, changed the defendant's plea to guilty-as-charged on all counts.
Following the defendant selling cocaine to a confidential informant, police executed a search warrant on the defendant's residence on October 14, 2015. In the residence, located in the 1600 block of St. Maurice Street in the Ninth Ward,, police recovered $5,000 in cash and in excess of $200 in counterfeit money. Additionally, police recovered three firearms – two hand guns and a 9mm assault rifle. K-9 narcotics officer, Hunter, discovered 81.9 grams of powdered and rock cocaine concealed in the defendant's shoes.
Today's conviction is the third conviction of the defendant related to the illegal trafficking of cocaine. In 1995, the defendant was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Judge Leon Cannizzaro sentenced the defendant to 5-years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections on that charge.
In 2002, the defendant again pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced to 30-months on that conviction. Due to the length of time that has elapsed between the 2002 conviction and his most recent conviction, prosecutors could not enhance the defendant's sentence under the state's habitual offender statute.
In response to the conviction, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro stated, "This defendant's record clearly elucidates the fact that he has made a career out of the illegal trafficking of cocaine, and he sees jail as nothing more than an occupational hazard. He has no interest in rehabilitating himself. Why should he when the criminal justice system refuses to impose a graduated level of sanctioning his escalating criminal conduct?"
The defendant will be formally sentenced on November 30th. A defendant convicted of possession of 81.9 grams of cocaine can receive a sentence of up to 30 years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The 5-year sentence that the judge today indicated she would impose constitutes the mandatory minimum sentence.