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SLIDELL MAN AND TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2011

JOHN GREEN, age 26 and a Slidell, Louisiana resident, along with ROBERT EDWARDS, age 46, and a resident of Cypress, Texas, were sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle for participating in a drug conspiracy to distribute cocaine base or “crack,” announced United States Attorney Jim Letten.

GREEN previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. For his role in the conspiracy, GREEN was sentenced to ten (10) years (120 months) incarceration. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemelle imposed five (5) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release. Additionally, GREEN was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment.

EDWARDS previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 46 months incarceration. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemelle imposed five (5) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release. EDWARDS also was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment.

According to court documents, GREEN and EDWARDS conspired with others in the Slidell area prior to February 10, 2010 and continuing through September 29, 2010 to distribute cocaine base or “crack.” Numerous telephone calls between GREEN, EDWARDS and a crack suppler were recorded pursuant to a court authorized wire-tap. In those calls, GREEN arranged for the purchase of crack from a dealer on several occasions. On at least one occasion, EDWARDS supplied the dealer with cocaine hydrochloride, which was then processed into more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

This investigation was initiated based upon a request for assistance by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain. Deputies with the Narcotics Unit of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office have assisted Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with this matter. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward J. Rivera of the Violent Crime Unit.

 

 

 

 

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