Three Men in Ecstasy Conspiracy
FEB 11 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -MINH TRAN, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, LIONELL ADAMS, age 24, a resident of Laplace, Louisiana, and JOSEPH SANDERS, age 30, a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, were charged in a two-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for a drug trafficking conspiracy involving ecstasy and possession with intent to distribute ecstasy, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration used a confidential source to order 1,000 ecstasy tablets from ADAMS. On February 1, 2010, the confidential source met with the three defendants in the parking lot of the Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana. After a brief meeting during which the defendants negotiated a price with the confidential source, agents moved in and arrested TRAN, SANDERS, and ADAMS. During a subsequent search of the defendants’ vehicle, agents discovered approximately 939 tablets of ecstasy.
If convicted, the defendants face a possible maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment, a $1 million fine, and at least three (3) years of supervised release as to each count.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment/bill of information/complaint) is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin G. Boitmann.