Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces Ronnie Kurt Hongo Jr., 43 of Many, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 180 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, on drug and firearms charges.
According to evidence presented to the court, on or about March 19, 2021, the Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Ivanhoe Street in Many where Hongo lived. Law enforcement agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office had information that Hongo had been selling methamphetamine to others. During the execution of the search warrant, deputies discovered 13 ounces of methamphetamine and a .45 caliber pistol inside the home. Hongo was present at the home at the time of the search, and he was subsequently arrested.
Following his arrest, Hongo confessed to possession of the narcotics and firearm.
Additional investigation by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) revealed that the firearm had traveled in interstate commerce and functioned as designed.
Hongo pleaded guilty on October 5, 2022, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of carrying and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
The case was investigated by the FBI, ATF, and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon H. Whitten.
Sheriff Mitchell thanks the FBI and ATF for their help in this investigation and many other illegal narcotic and firearm investigations.
Sheriff Mitchell said the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to use federal partners and resources to target, arrest and prosecute the illegal drug dealers in Sabine Parish.
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