News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2009
Contact: Roberto E. Bryan, Jr.
Special Agent/PIO
Number: 504-840-1360

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base

NOV 10 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - KEVIN WHITTINGTON, age 44 , a resident of Springfield, Louisiana and a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputy, pled guilty today in federal court before U. S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, WHITTINGTON admitted that on July 6, 2009, while employed as a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, he met with a confidential informant working with the Drug Enforcement Administration.  While under surveillance, WHITTINGTON accepted a cell phone, a quantity of crack cocaine and $700 in cash and agreed to supply the contraband to an inmate incarcerated at the jail.               

WHITTINGTON faces a possible maximum term of forty (40) years imprisonment, a fine of $2 million and four (4) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  Sentencing is scheduled for February 10, 2009.  

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the prosecution is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Andre’ Jones.