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California Woman Pleads Guilty to Violations of The Federal Controlled Substances Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS LORRAINE SANCHEZ VALDEZ, age 31, of Covina, California, pled guilty on February 9, 2023 before United States District Court Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle to a one-count superseding bill of information charging her with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C), and 846, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, SANCHEZ VALDEZ conspired with others to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine within the Eastern District of Louisiana and elsewhere on or about May 15, 2021 and continuing to on or about June 7, 2021.       

SANCHEZ VALDEZ is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, 2023. SANCHEZ VALDEZ faces a term of imprisonment of up to twenty (20) years, a fine of up to $1,000,000, at least 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Louisiana State Police, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Lynn E. Schiffman of the Narcotics Unit.

Updated February 10, 2023

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