LaPlace Man Sentenced for Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

Published 7:43 am Thursday, August 18, 2022

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – United States District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon sentenced OCTAVIUS NARCISSE, age 54, a resident of LaPlace, Louisiana, on August 11, 2022, to 37 months in the Bureau of Prisons for: 1)possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a quantity of N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl] (fentanyl) and cocaine hydrochloride pursuant to 21 U.S.C §841(a)(1), 21 U.S.C. §841(b)(1)(C), and 18 U.S.C. § 2; and 2) knowingly and intentionally using a telephone in committing, causing, and facilitating the commission of the possession with intent to distribute pursuant to 21 U.S.C. §843(b) and 18 U.S.C. §2  announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, in April 2019, NARCISSE was stopped and arrested by law enforcement shortly after picking up 1.015 kilograms of N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl] propenamide (fentanyl) and 4.995 kilograms of cocaine hydrocholoride on behalf of co-conspirator, Ellis Batiste, Sr.

During the investigation, law enforcement seized over 15 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride and over 1 kilogram of fentanyl.  The majority of these controlled substanceswere being transported from Houston, Texas into the Eastern District of Louisiana.

NARCISSE’s sentence will be followed  by three (3) years of supervised release. Judge Lemmon also ordered that NARCISSE pay a $100 mandatory special assessment fee for each count.

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.

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