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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Baytown, Texas Men Sentenced in Covington Cocaine Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOSE CARPIO, age 32, and LUIS ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ, age 22, both of Baytown, Texas, were sentenced after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride. HERNANDEZ additionally had pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride.

 

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced CARPIO to 46 months imprisonment, and HERNANDEZ to 60 months imprisonment.

 

On October 27, 2016, CARPIO and HERNANDEZ were two of four defendants charged in a two-count indictment. According to court documents, this investigation resulted in the seizure of 4,971 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, which the defendants had agreed to deliver from Texas to Covington, Louisiana.

 

Co-defendants include:

 

JUAN CHAVEZ, who pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride and to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of hydrochloride, for which he was sentenced to 60 months incarceration.

 

JOACOBO JOSE SANTOS, who pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, for which he awaits sentencing on March 22, 2018.

 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeff Sandman and James Baehr are in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 25, 2018