Three Sentenced in Federal Court in Louisiana for Possession of Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, and Heroin

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Published February 11, 2023

Three Sentenced in Federal Court in Louisiana for Possession of Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, and Heroin

Louisiana – Three men have been sentenced in federal court in Louisiana on drug charges including possession of methamphetamine, ecstasy, and heroin.

On Friday, February 10, 2023, United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced the sentencing of three men this week for the illegal possession of drugs. United States District Judge Dee D. Drell sentenced Archie Louis Carter, Jr., 40, of Alexandria, Louisiana, and Isaiah Charles Jones, 34, of Houston, Texas.

Carter was given a prison term of 188 months (15 years and 8 months), followed by 3 years of supervised release. Jones was previously sentenced to 151 months (12 years and 7 months) in prison and 3 years of supervised release on January 23, 2023.

On February 13, 2020, a warrant was issued for Carter on the basis of a criminal complaint filed in the Western District of Louisiana accusing him with a violation involving guns. On February 15, 2020, members of the U.S. Marshal Service’s Violent Offender Task Force performed a traffic stop on the car that Carter was driving from the Houston, Texas region into the Western District of Louisiana. The van contained Jones as a passenger. Carter and Jones were instructed to exit the vehicle, and law enforcement authorities detected a strong stench of marijuana emanating from within. A K-9 officer was deployed and alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. A search led to the confiscation of huge quantities of illegal substances, including roughly 1,090 grams of heroin, 2,556 grams of cocaine, 1,030 grams of methamphetamine, and 12,223 dosage units of Ecstasy. Carter and Jones were arrested and indicted concurrently. Carter pleaded guilty on September 19, 2022 to possession with purpose to distribute methamphetamine, and Jones pleaded guilty on the same date to possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshal Service’s Violent Offender Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamilla A. Bynog.

Travis Trentel Thorne, 39, of Crowley, Louisiana, was sentenced by United States District Judge David C. Joseph to 37 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for possession of heroin in a separate and unrelated case.

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office performed a traffic stop on June 20, 2020, according to evidence presented in court. Approximately 28.7 grams of heroin were discovered in Thorne’s hands by deputies. Moreover, deputies discovered a silver scale with heroin traces on the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle. Thorne admitted to law enforcement investigators that the heroin was his and that he held it with distribution intent. On November 9, 2022, Thorne pled guilty to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John W. Nickel.