Texas and Louisiana Men Plead Guilty to Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

Published 7:44 am Wednesday, June 7, 2023

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – LARRY TRICHE, age 51, a resident of Norco, Louisiana, and RANDY HARROD, age 43, a resident of Trinity, Texas, each pled guilty on May 31, 2023 to a one-count superseding bill of information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of amixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C), and 846, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, between May 25, 2020, and July 2, 2020, TRICHE traveled four times with co-conspirator 1 from Louisiana to the Houston, Texas area to purchase kilogram quantities of methamphetamine from a Houston-based narcotics trafficker.  On each occasion, TRICHE obtained a hotel room outside of Houston while co-conspirator 1 drove to Houston and met with HARROD and co-conspirator 2, the supplier, to purchase the methamphetamine.  TRICHE and co-conspirator 1 then returned to Louisiana, sometimes in separate vehicles, with TRICHE carrying the methamphetamine in his vehicle.  Upon their return to the Eastern District of Louisiana, co-conspirator 1 took possession of the methamphetamine from TRICHE and distributed it to customers in the area.

For the conspiracy count, TRICHE and HARROD each face a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00, a term of supervised release of at least three years, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones of the Narcotics Unit.