Anderson pleads guilty to drug and firearm violations

Published 12:31 am Saturday, September 28, 2019

LAPLACE – Andrew “Dokie” Anderson, 38,of LaPlace, pleaded guilty on Sept. 23 to various federal charges, according to U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser.

In Count One, Anderson pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture or substance containing a quantity of heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine hydrochloride.

He pleaded guilty in Count Two to possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes and in Count Three to being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunitions.

In July, Anderson was charged in a three-count indictment by a federal grand jury for drug and firearm violations.

According to court records, on May 22, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and St. John the Baptist Parish deputies executed a federal search warrant at Anderson’s residence in LaPlace.

During the search, agents found one AK-47 and three handguns, all of which were fully loaded. Agents also located multiple plastic bags of substances suspected to be crack cocaine and heroin, which were packaged for distribution.

The Honorable District Court Judge Lance Africk will sentence Anderson on Jan. 8.

If convicted of count one, Anderson faces a maximum sentence 20 years, a fine up to $250,000 and a period of supervised release not less than three years.

In count two, Anderson faces a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years, a fine up to $250,000 and a period of supervised release up to five years.

Count three carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Strasser praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter.

This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safe for everyone.