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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Houma Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MICHAEL ROSS, a/k/a “Mikey,” age 36, of Houma, pled guilty today one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. 

According to court documents, ROSS was a heroin distributor in the Houma area.  Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) learned that ROSS worked with two other individuals in Houma, WILLIAM DANIELS and TYNISHA JONES, in selling heroin.  ROSS would drive to New Orleans every three to four days to obtain heroin for resale.  On July 28, 2014, ROSS and JONES were arrested by Louisiana State Troopers in Terrebonne Parish while traveling back from New Orleans.  Troopers found them to be in possession of just over 29 grams of heroin. 

ROSS faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum of forty years.  He also may be fined up to $5,000,000 fine, and at least four years of supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for August 4, 2016.  DANIELS and ROSS are scheduled for trial on June 20, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the DEA’s New Orleans Field Office, along with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Payne is in charge of the prosecution.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 28, 2016