News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2009
Contact: Roberto E. Bryan, Jr.
Special Agent/PIO
Number: 504-840-1360

Ten Terrebonne Parish Men Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

AUG 27 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -MICHAEL J. MAHONEY, JR., age (27), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; JERMAINE A. HOLDEN, age (29), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; JOHN T. MOSELY, age 24, a resident of Houma, Louisiana; SHAWN M. ALDRIDGE, age (31), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; NEALWARD C. TAYLOR, age (32), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; LEONARD D. WILLIAMS, age (26), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; HURLEY STARKS, age (25), a resident of Gray, Louisiana; JAMES L. EARLS, JR., age (27), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; HENRY D. VERGIN, age (29), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; DERRICK D. MOSELY, age (33), a resident of Houma, Louisiana; were charged in numerous indictments on Friday, August 21, 2009, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

The indictments followed joint investigations by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Louisiana State Police, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Houma Police Department into marijuana, cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride distribution, as well as illegal weapons possession in and around the Houma, Louisiana area.   Seven, at the time of this release, have been arrested and are in federal custody.  The federal indictments which remained sealed by order of the U. S. District Court, were unsealed this morning in order to facilitate the arrests.  The defendants will be making initial appearances before the U. S. Magistrate Judge this afternoon.

Today’s indictments, as well as the arrests of nine men on state charges, was the product of a successful joint investigation spanning over one year, in which DEA Special Agents, together with Louisiana State Police Troopers, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Houma Police Department, engaged in undercover investigations throughout Terrebonne Parish, often coordinating undercover purchases of illegal narcotics.

In one case, the defendant was charged with federal firearms violations.

In the first case, MICHAEL J. MAHONEY, JR. is charged with three counts of distribution of crack cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $4 million and five (5) years of supervised release as to Count One; a maximum of forty (40) years, a fine of $2 million and four (4) years of supervised release as to Counts Two and Three; a maximum of five (5) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and two (2) years of supervised release; a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and three (3) years of supervised release as to Count Four and Five; and as to Count Six, a five (5)  year minimum consecutive sentence, a fine of $250,000 and five (5) years of supervised release.

In the case against JERMAINE HOLDEN, the defendant is charged with two counts of distribution of various amounts of crack cocaine.  If convicted, HOLDEN faces a maximum of forty (40) years, a fine of $2,000,000 and four (4) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment as to Count One; and as to Count Two, a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $4,000,000 and five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

In a separate case, the Federal Grand Jury has charged JOHN T. MOSELY with five (5) counts of distribution of various amounts of crack cocaine.  MOSELY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a fine of $1,000,000 and three (3) years of supervised release as to Counts One and Two; a maximum of forty (40) years, a fine of $2,000,000 and four (4) years of supervised release as to Counts Three and Five; and; as to Count Four, a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $4,000,000 and five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

In the indictment against SHAWN ALDRIDGE, the defendant is charged in two counts with distribution of various amounts of crack cocaine.   If convicted, ALDRIDGE faces a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $4,000,000 and five (5) years of supervised release as to Count One; and as to Count Two, a maximum of forty (40) years, a fine of $2,000,000 and four (4) years of supervised release.

In the six-count indictment against NEALWARD C. TAYLOR, LEONARD D. WILLIAMS, HURLEY STARKS, and JAMES L. EARLS, JR., the Federal Grand Jury charged all four defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Each defendant is also charged in two counts with distribution of crack cocaine, 

If convicted as charged, each defendant faces a possible maximum sentencing of forty (40) years, a fine of $2,000,000 and four (4) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

In the case against HENRY VERGIN, the defendant is charged with two counts of distribution of various amounts of crack cocaine.  If convicted as presently charged, VERGIN faces a maximum of forty (40) years, a fine of $2,000,000 and four (4) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment as to Count One; and as to Count Two, a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $4,000,000 and five (5) years of supervised release.

In the last case, the Federal Grand Jury has returned an indictment charging DERRICK D. MOSELY with three counts of distribution of various amounts of crack cocaine.  If convicted, MOSELY faces as a maximum term of twenty (20) years, a fine of $1,000,000 and three years of supervised release as to each count.

Speaking to today’s developments, U. S. Attorney Letten stated:

“I want to offer my appreciation to Special Agent in Charge Jimmy Fox and the men and women of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration; to Superintendent Mike Edmondson and the Louisiana State Police, to Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, to Chief Todd Duplantis and the Houma Police Department; and to Steven Hartman, Acting U. S. Marshal and his staff, for making this roundup of narcotics suspects possible.  It is through such partnerships and forward-leaning cooperation that we can help to make the streets, homes, schools and workplaces of our communities - including Terrebonne Parish - safer.”         

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictments are merely a charge and that the guilt of each defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

This investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.  These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys William J. Quinlan, Jr., Andre Jones, and Spiro G. Latsis