News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Warren Rivera
Number: (504) 840-1070

Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Ecstasy Case

APR 8 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -CLYDE SISTRUNK a/k/a “Angel,” age 41, a New Orleans resident, pleaded guilty to in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Jay Zainey to one count of possession with intent to distribute 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine , also known as Ecstasy and MDMA, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten and Special Agent in Charge Jimmy Fox III.

According to the factual basis, SISTRUNK was arrested on September 24, 2008, in St. Charles Parish after leading DEA and parish law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase on Airline Highway.  SISTRUNK, the target of an undercover operation, was in route to deliver $2000 worth of ecstasy to a location in Destrehan when law enforcement officers attempted to stop him.  After refusing to pull over, law enforcement officers used road spikes to deflate his tires.  When his vehicle stopped, SISTRUNK jumped into the bayou and dissolved the ecstasy tabs he possessed.  A search of his residence yielded over 4,000 ecstasy tabs.  According to court documents, SISTRUNK admitted that he had been in possession of over 50,000 ecstasy tabs.   

SISTRUNK  faces a possible maximum sentence of thirty (30) years imprisonment, a fine of $2  million and at least six (6) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. SISTRUNK will be sentenced on July 7, 2009.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, Kane County, Illinois and Cook County, Illinois Police Departments.