Louisiana Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison in Connection with Trafficking Methamphetamine and Other Crimes

By Liora Hawthorne
Published August 25, 2023

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New Orleans, Louisiana – A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with trafficking methamphetamine and other crimes.

On August 23, 2023, a 32-year-old named Joshua Bogen from Houma, Louisiana, received a sentence of 252 months (21 years) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Additionally, he was ordered to pay a mandatory $400 special assessment fee, as per the announcement of U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. 

Bogen previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the commission of a drug trafficking offense, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii), felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), and assaulting a federal officer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(b).

Legal documents reveal that on October 18, 2021, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was informed that Bogen, a former felon, would be transporting around two pounds of crystal meth from Houma, Louisiana to a home in New Orleans for a drug transaction. When Bogen reached the specified house, he exited his vehicle holding a bag that contained 1009.9 grams of pure meth and a nine-millimeter Glock Model 26, Gen 4, semi-automatic gun, that was loaded and ready to fire. 

The DEA agents then activated their surveillance vehicle’s flashlights, preparing to approach the suspect. However, Bogen aimed his weapon at an agent as soon as the agent’s door was opened. The agents were consequently forced into protective action, shooting once in Bogen’s general direction. Miraculously unharmed, Bogen then tossed both his weapon and drug-filled bag over a nearby fence and gave himself up.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, which is a collaboration of law enforcement institutions at all levels and their communities with the aim of curbing violent crimes and gun violence, thereby enhancing safety in our neighborhoods. On May 26, 2021, a comprehensive strategy for reducing violent crime was introduced by the Department. This strategy was geared towards bolstering PSN and was based on several fundamental principles: building trust and authenticity in our communities, backing up community-based organizations that work towards preventing violence in the initial stages, establishing concentrated and strategic law enforcement goals, and gauging the outcomes.

The Drug Enforcement Administration carried out an inquiry into this case. The charging was overseen by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Benjamin Myers from the Narcotics Unit.