New Orleans Man Sentenced, in Methamphetamine-Trafficking Conspiracy
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that STEFEN DAIGLE, age 31, of New Orleans, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to traffic 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Louisiana. United States District Judge Susie Morgan sentenced DAIGLE to (78) months imprisonment and (5) years supervised release.
DAIGLE is one of the eleven defendants charged in a 23-count federal indictment. Specifically, the indictment alleges that DAIGLE conspired to sell large quantities of methamphetamine with codefendants Peter Giandalone, Julien Polk, Paul Melancon, Jeffrey Clines, James Hatch, Angel Renee Vidaure, Eulalio Torres-Cadenas, Delio Alfredo Lopez-Lopez, Lindsey Lopez, and Jacob Higginbotham.
The indictment also alleges a number of individual acts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as firearm offenses for codefendants Hatch, Vidaure, and Lopez-Lopez. Law enforcement developed evidence against this group of defendants using controlled purchases of methamphetamine, traffic stops and seizures, consensually recorded text messages and phone calls, search warrants, cooperator information, and self-incriminating statements.
U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, AMTRAK Police, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Long is in charge of the prosecution.
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