If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 195 miles, you will arrive in Monroe. The eighth-largest city in Louisiana is home to a 32-year-old man who faces a series of serious drug-related criminal charges.
After a three-month investigation, Louisiana State Troopers arrested the man on drug-trafficking charges that include allegations that he distributed cocaine, methamphetamine, alprazolam (Xanax) and marijuana.
According to a news report, he has been charged with five counts of distribution of a Schedule II substance (cocaine). He also faces allegations of Schedule I (marijuana) distribution and Schedule IV (alprazolam) distribution.
There are enhanced penalties for “distribution, dispensing, or possession with intent to produce, manufacture, distribute, or dispense cocaine or cocaine base,” however. The mandatory minimum for a conviction on this charge is also two years, but the possibility of parole, probation or sentence suspension is removed.
Louisiana law says those who are accused and convicted of producing or manufacturing cocaine or cocaine base face the possibility of even more extreme sentences. The mandatory minimum is boosted to 10 years – with the “benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence” during that decade, and the fine is increased to up to $500,000.
People convicted of manufacturing meth also face a mandatory 10-year minimum, and again, there’s no chance of parole, probation or sentence suspension. The fine here, too, can go all the way up to a half-million dollars.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any of these crimes, speak to an experienced Lake Charles criminal defense attorney about the charges and evidence before talking to investigators or prosecutors.