News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 01, 2009
Contact: Roberto E. Bryan, Jr.
Special Agent/PIO
Number: 504-840-1360

Five Individuals Sentenced for Roles in Methamphetamine Distribution Ring

OCT 01 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARIO GIL, age 36, a resident of Houma, Louisiana,  JAMES GACHASSIN, Jr., age 35, a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, MARK PRICE, age 30, a resident of Morgan City, Louisiana,  Jr., RODDY TOUCHET, age 49, a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, and ALETHA AGEE, age 35, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, were sentenced today by U. S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt today for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act, announced U. S Attorney Jim Letten. 

Specifically, GIL was sentenced to thirty-four (34) months imprisonment, a fine of $2,000.00, and five (5) years supervised release following the term of imprisonment; GACHASSIN was sentenced to thirty-nine (39) months imprisonment and five (5) years supervised release; PRICE was sentenced to forty (40) months imprisonment and five (5) years supervised release; TOUCHET was sentenced to forty-two (42) months imprisonment and five (5) years supervised release; and AGEE was sentenced to forty-eight (48) months imprisonment and one (1) year supervised release. During the terms of supervised release, the defendants will be under federal supervision and risk an additional term of imprisonment should they violate any terms of their supervised release.

According to court documents, on May 20, 2009, GIL, GACHASSIN, PRICE, and TOUCHET pled guilty admitting that they participated in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.  These defendants, as well as AGEE, admitted to having used a telephone to cause or facilitate that crime. 

These convictions resulted from two related Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) investigations spanning nearly three years, dubbed by law enforcement officials as Operation Cajun Crankster and Operation Glass Houses.  These investigations resulted in the indictment of thirty-five (35) individuals on federal controlled substance violations, and the dismantling of three high level methamphetamine trafficking organizations operating throughout several parishes in southeast Louisiana, as well as the cities of San Diego, California, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Dallas, Texas.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with the cooperation of the Berwick Police Department, the Louisiana State Police and the Jefferson Parish, Lafourche Parish, St. Mary’s Parish and St. John’s Parish Sheriffs’ Offices, and the Louisiana State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Theodore Carter.