LaPlace man sentenced for violating the federal controlled substances act

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, October 12, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LA – United States District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon sentenced Richard Gray, age 60, of LaPlace, Louisiana, on October 7, 2021 to 18 months in the Bureau of Prisons for violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act, Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C), 846, 843(b), and 18 U.S.C. Section 2, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to the court records, in Count One, Gray conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture or substance containing a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride. In Count Six, Gray knowingly and intentionally used a telephone in committing, causing, and facilitating the commission of the violation in Count One. During the investigation, law enforcement learned Gray transported cocaine hydrochloride from Texas to Louisiana and used a cellular phone to facilitate the transportation of the narcotics.

District Judge Lemmon sentenced Gray to the 18 months imprisonment to be followed by three (3) years of supervised release as to Counts One and Six of the Indictment. Judge Lemmon also ordered that GRAY pay a $200 mandatory special assessment fee.

The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Saint John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Bayonle Osundare prosecuted the matter.