Federal grand jury indicts two in connection with local meth lab

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 20, 1999

L’Observateur / October 20, 1999

LAPLACE – Eddie Jordan Jr., U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District ofLouisiana, announced this week that a federal grand jury has handed down indictments on a Montz resident and a Covington man for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, or speed, in St. John theBaptist Parish.

Leo F. Bayard IV, 26, of Montz, and Benny F. Terry, 40, of Covington, werearrested Oct. 3 by deputies of the St. John Sheriff’s Office and agents withthe Drug Enforcement Agency as they were setting up an methamphetamine lab in a trailer park in Reserve.

After their arrest police located another laboratory used by Terry on his property in Covington. Terry has two additional counts of possession ofmethamphetamines with intent to distribute.

If convicted, Terry faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in a federal prison with a maximum of life in jail with no possibility of parole.

Bayard faces a mandatory minimum of five years in a federal prison with a maximum of 40 years with no possibility of parole. Both suspects can alsobe fined up to $250,000.

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