Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to 5+ Years for Distributing Methamphetamine and Other Drug Crimes

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Published January 25, 2023

Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to 5+ Years for Distributing Methamphetamine and Other Drug Crimes

New Orleans, Louisiana – A Louisiana man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for distributing over 100 grams of methamphetamine and possessing it with intent to distribute 

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Stephen Chenier, age 40, a resident of Vacherie, Louisiana, was sentenced on January 11, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk to sixty-six months (5 years, 6 months) imprisonment, four (4) years of supervised release, and a mandatory $300.00 special assessment fee after pleading guilty to two counts of distribution of fifty (50) grams or more of methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of methamphetamine, all in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A).

According to court documents, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration used a confidential source to make controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Chenier on January 6, 2021 and February 3, 2021. The agents used the confidential source to arrange a third controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Chenier in Gramercy, Louisiana, on February 18, 2021. After Chenier left his Vacherie home and drove to Gramercy to meet the confidential source, St. John Parish Sheriff’s deputies pulled him over for a traffic violation. While a deputy was writing a citation for Chenier, a Sheriff’s Office canine sniffed the car and detected the odor of an illegal controlled substance. Deputies searched Chenier’s vehicle after he admitted to smoking marijuana in it. They discovered 111.6 grams of methamphetamine. Chenier admitted to owning the methamphetamine and informed the officers that there was more methamphetamine at his home. Chenier led the deputies to his home, where they found another 76.7 grams of methamphetamine.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. André Jones, an Assistant United States Attorney, handled the prosecution.

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