News Release
February 24, 2012
Contact: Terry E. Davis
Number: 504-840-1360

Thibodeaux, Louisiana Man Sentenced for Assisting Drug Trafficker in
Gun Purchase

FEB 24 - (New Orleans) – Andrew Larose , age 55 and a resident of Thibodeaux, Louisiana, was sentenced today by Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to 21 months in prison and two years supervised release for making a false statement related to his purchase of a Glock .40 caliber handgun in 2009 for Mark Ross, a felon convicted of drug trafficking.

Ross, was convicted in the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2003, was again arrested by DEA New Orleans in December 2009 after a year-long investigation into his and his associate’s drug trafficking activities. The gun Larose purchased for Ross was traced back to Larose through the documents required to be kept by the firearms dealers. Those documents showed that Larose lied when he stated on the firearms forms that he was purchasing the gun for himself.

The case was investigated by DEA in collaboration with the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force (HIDTA) and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

The HIDTA Task Force is led by DEA and includes a team of dedicated investigators from the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  OCDETF is an important program which targets the most significant drug trafficking organizations within the United States, as well as those outside of the United States borders that impact drug trafficking within the United States. 

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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