8 Tangipahoa Parish residents indicted for Violations of The Federal Controlled Substances and Gun Control Act

Published 8:57 am Saturday, April 2, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – MICHAEL ALEXANDER, SR., a/k/a “Monsta,” a/k/a “Jamond,” age 39, ATTREL ANDERSON, a/k/a “Trey,” a/k/a “Trel,” a/k/a “Da Boi,” age 30, TERRELL HAYNES, a/k/a “Redman,”age 43, STAR ROBICHAUX, age 42, JOSHUA PRINEage 41, MICHAEL ALEXANDER, JR., a/k/a “Mike Mike,” age 21, BRANDON BAKER, age 36, and LOUIS BELLS, JR., age 21, residents of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, were charged on March 25, 2022, in a sealed twenty-count superseding indictment by a federal grand jury. The superseding indictment was unsealed on March 31, 2022.  Charges include conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, distribution of fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine, use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug trafficking crime, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

ALEXANDER, SR. is charged with conspiring to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 100 grams or more of heroin, and a quantity of cocaine. He’s also charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, on December 2, 2021, Drug Enforcement Administration Agents executed a federal search warrant on ALEXANDER, SR.’s home in Ponchatoula. During the search, Agents discovered approximately eleven ounces of heroin and fentanyl and five firearms.  Additionally, agents seized $289,224.70 in U.S. currency.

If convicted of the conspiracy count, ALEXANDER, SR. faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, and at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  For possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, he faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. For possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, ALEXANDER, SR. faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to life imprisonment, to run consecutive with any other sentence, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years of supervised release. If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, ALEXANDER, SR. faces up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years supervised release. For using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, ALEXANDER, SR. faces up to four years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to one year supervised release.

ANDERSON is charged with conspiring to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 100 grams or more of heroin. He’s also charged with distribution of methamphetamine and use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. For both the conspiracy count and the distribution count, ANDERSON faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, and at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  For using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, ANDERSON faces up to four years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to one year supervised release.

HAYNES is charged with conspiring to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 1 kilogram or more of heroin. He’s also charged with distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, and use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. For the conspiracy count, he faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, and at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  For distribution, HAYNES faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. For using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, HAYNES faces up to four years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to one year supervised release.

PRINE and ROBICHAUX are charged with conspiring to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and 1 kilogram or more of heroin. They are also charged with possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin. They each face a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, and at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. ROBICHAUX is also charged with using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, for which she faces up to four years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to one-year supervised release.

ALEXANDER, JR. is charged with conspiring to distribute quantities of heroin and methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and use of a communication facility in furtherance of drug trafficking. For both the conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute counts, ALEXANDER, JR. faces  up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. For possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, ALEXANDER, JR. faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to life imprisonment, to run consecutive with any other sentence, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years of supervised release. For using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, he faces up to four years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to one year supervised release.

BAKER is charged with conspiring to distribute quantities of heroin and methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine. For both the conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute counts, BAKER faces  up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

BELLS is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, BELLS faces up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years supervised release.

For each of the counts, the defendants face payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

“The indictments and subsequent arrests made in this investigation are part of DEA’s continuing effort to target violent drug traffickers at all levels, as part of Operation Overdrive.  Illicit drug trafficking and related violent criminal activity takes a tremendous toll on our communities. We will continue to work closely with our state and local law enforcement partners, leveraging our respective resources, in order to enhance the quality of life for the citizens in this region and beyond,” said Brad L. Byerley, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Orleans Field Division.

“The Hammond Police Department has demonstrated repeatedly that criminals and their criminal activity will not be tolerated in The City of Hammond. This is a great example of what can be accomplished when local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies work together,” stated Chief Edwin Bergeron Jr.

“This is law enforcement working together at every level, to hold people accountable for the crimes they commit and the havoc they bring to our community. The importance of collaboration at the federal, state and local levels is critical to ensuring the best outcome is reached in any case. This is yet another reminder of the ongoing need for strong relationships with our law enforcement partners to help protect the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish,” said Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Jimmy Travis.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the superseding indictment is merely a charging document and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

This case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Hammond Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney J. Benjamin Myers.