Lafourche Parish Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Controlled Substance Act

Published 8:28 am Friday, January 21, 2022

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DONTRELL MATHEWS, age 42,  a resident of Thibodaux, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to a one-count superseding bill of information charging him with distribution of a quantity of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, on July 31, 2018, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration used a confidential source to make a controlled purchase of approximately 27 grams of methamphetamine from MATHEWS.  As a result of his plea, MATHEWS faces up to a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00 and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  MATHEWS must also pay a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

This case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Homeland Security Investigations, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones.