Published 12:30 pm Monday, October 4, 2021

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DAVID TRAN, age 42, of Bridge City, Louisiana, was

sentenced on September 29, 2021 by the Honorable Jane Triche Milazzo to 140 months in the

Bureau of Prisons for violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act, announced U.S. Attorney

Duane A. Evans.


According to the court records, TRAN pleaded guilty to conspiring with other individuals to

manufacture, possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana

plants, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 100 grams

or more of heroin. TRAN also admitted that he possessed large quantities of fentanyl and

methamphetamine with the intent to distribute them and that he was manufacturing large

quantities of marijuana.


The case resulted from a lengthy Title III wire intercept investigation conducted by the Drug

Enforcement Administration in which TRAN and his co-conspirators were captured discussing

heroin sales, as well as the construction of a large indoor marijuana grow in Bridge City. The

calls led the DEA agents to conduct a search of a warehouse and adjacent residence in Bridge

City. During the search, the agents found a large marijuana grow that contained approximately

700 plants in varying stages of growth and equipment sufficient to grow many thousand more

plants. Significant work and expense had been put into remodeling the warehouse, including

thousands of dollars in lights, cooling systems, and ventilation. The agents also discovered a

safe containing a cornucopia of other drugs, including 1,396.2 grams of methamphetamine; 990

grams of MDMA (ecstasy); and 1,175.9 grams of fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid that

is fueling the tremendous rise in overdose deaths.


Judge Milazzo sentenced TRAN to 140 months in the Bureau of Prisons to be followed by five

years of supervised release after he is released from imprisonment. TRAN was also ordered to

pay a mandatory special assessment of $400.


The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Orleans Police

Department, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Several other law enforcement agencies, including Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office,

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Kenner Police Department, assisted in the search of

the warehouse in Bridge City. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States

Attorney David Haller.

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