New Orleans woman sentenced on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

Published 8:31 am Friday, June 4, 2021

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on May 26, 2021, Zyeta Rudolph, age 42, a resident of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, was sentenced to serve 37 months in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine.   Rudolph was also sentenced to 4 years of supervised release following imprisonment and payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

These charges stemmed from an investigation by both the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office into the illegal distribution of drugs in  South Louisiana and Houston, Texas.  This investigation led to the Indictment of Paul Metz, Eugene Rudolph, Elbert Childs, Zyeta Rudolph, Yrian Devoure, and Dale Phillips back in May 2019 under case number 19-087 “H”.  To date, Elbert Childs, Zyeta Rudolph, and Dale Phillips have pled guilty.

During her guilty plea in this case, Zyeta Rudolph admitted that she was a drug courier for her brother Gene Rudolph.  She acknowledged that she had transported between 3.5 and 5 kilograms of cocaine from Houston to the greater New Orleans area on behalf of her brother.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Maurice Landrieu is in charge of