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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Federal Jury Convicts St. Charles Parish Resident with Narcotics Distribution Offenses

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that a federal jury convicted RONALD THOMPSON, a St. Charles Parish resident, for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Following a two-day trial, the jury found THOMPSON guilty of possessing with the intent to distribute quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin.

According to the evidence presented at trial, on July 27, 2017, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives witnessed what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction in a gas station parking lot. They effected a traffic stop on the vehicle involved, which ultimately led to the discovery of a bag containing powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy in the back of a police car where THOMPSON had been placed pending the search of his car. Testimony and other evidence confirmed that Thompson had pulled the bag from inside his pants and shoved it into the seat behind him.

THOMPSON, who has two prior federal felony drug convictions, faces up to 30 years in prison for each count. Sentencing will take place before Judge Susie Morgan.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeff Sandman and Nicholas D. Moses were responsible for the prosecution.

Updated April 4, 2018