President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 42 people, including a Baker man who has been in prison for drug possession and distribution.
Cleon Jermaine Hawkins was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge in 2008 to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
He was arrested in June 2007 after officers with the multijurisdictional Delta Narcotics Task Force learned he was “trafficking cocaine from his residence” and “observed traffic consistent with drug trafficking activity” at his house in Baker, court records show.
When the officers searched Hawkins’ house, they found 80 grams of crack cocaine, 72 grams of powder cocaine, $3,600 in cash and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, the records show.
Hawkins was among 42 people, most of whom are nonviolent offenders, whose sentences were shortened on Friday. Most of the offenders are set to be released on Oct. 1.
Obama has commuted 348 sentences since he took office.