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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2012

DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced that yesterday, United States District Judge James J. Brady sentenced DONALD RAY FRANK, age 56, of Baton Rouge, to serve a term of life imprisonment following his conviction by a jury for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

On September 9, 2009, the defendant, acting on behalf of another, brokered a deal to obtain fourteen kilograms of cocaine. The defendant expected to make $28,000 from this deal in his role as a broker.

Later that day, the defendant went to a business establishment located at or near Westmoreland and Government Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his associate would be arriving with the cash for this transaction. Minutes later, the defendant’s associate arrived with a duffel bag filled with cash. When the defendant’s associate noticed police approaching the area, he fled in his vehicle, and after a short pursuit, police apprehended and identified the defendant’s associate as Jeffery Perry, a resident of Baton Rouge. Police seized Perry’s duffel bag and found approximately $300,005.

The defendant had two prior felony drug convictions in Baton Rouge and one in Orange County, Texas.

This case was investigated by the Narcotics Division of Baton Rouge Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert W. Piedrahita and J. Lane Ewing, Jr.

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