TANGIPAHOA PARISH MEN INDICTED ON DRUG AND GUN CHARGES
JARRETT GUTTER, 25, JARMEZE YOUNG, 34, and RICKY CARTER, 26, all residents of Hammond, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on six counts involving distribution of cocaine and possession of firearms, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, beginning prior to September 26, 2010, GUTTER, YOUNG, and CARTER participated in a conspiracy to distribute five hundred grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride. The indictment also alleges on approximately September 7, 2010, GUTTER and YOUNG distributed twenty-eight grams of crack cocaine and on approximately September 26, 2010, all three defendants possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of crack cocaine.
It is further alleged on approximately September 26, 2010, GUTTER and YOUNG possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being felons in possession of a firearm.
If convicted of the conspiracy charge (Count 1), all three defendants face a possible maximum sentence of forty (40) years imprisonment; if convicted of the distribution charge (Count 2), GUTTER and YOUNG face a maximum sentence of forty (40) years imprisonment; if convicted of possession with intent to distribute (Count 3), all three defendants face a possible maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment, GUTTER and YOUNG also face a possible maximum sentence of ten (10) years imprisonment for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm (Counts 4 and 5), and five (5) years imprisonment to run consecutive to any other prison term, for possession a gun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Count 6). All three defendants also face millions in fines and four (4) years of supervised release following any prison term.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation is being conducted by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Andre’ Jones.
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