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Chalmette Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DAMIEN WILSON, age 35, a resident of Chalmette, pled guilty today to violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

According to court records, WILSON conspired with others known and unknown to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute one kilogram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I drug controlled substance.  WILSON was caught on video during two heroin transactions with a confidential source.  The government also developed evidence that WILSON was laundering his drug proceeds by purchasing dilapidated houses, renovating them, and selling them for a profit.  The government is seizing the houses and/or proceeds from their sale, as well as two vehicles that contained secret compartments used to transport narcotics. 

WILSON faces a sentence of at least twenty years to life because of his prior drug offenses, a fine of up to $20,000,000 and at least ten years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for May 12, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney David Haller is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 5, 2016

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