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Houston Man and Woman Plead Guilty in Cocaine Smuggling Case

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ISAAC FORD, age 38, and LACHELSEA KIRKSEY, age 27, both residents of Houston, pled guilty today to a Bill of Information charging possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to court records, FORD and KIRKSEY were driving separate vehicles in tandem on I-10 West near New Orleans on September 5, 2014, when they were stopped by Louisiana State Police Troopers.  Troopers searched KIRKSEY’s Chevrolet Camaro with her consent and discovered four vacuum-sealed bags hidden in the wheel wells of the car, each containing one kilogram of powder cocaine.  FORD then admitted that he had rented both of the vehicles, concealed the cocaine in the Camaro, and promised KIRKSEY $2,000 to drive the Camaro to New Orleans, where he intended to deliver the cocaine.

Sentencing of both defendants is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo on September 8, 2016.  FORD faces a sentence of 5 to 40 years imprisonment, and KIRKSEY faces a sentence of up to twenty years.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the New Orleans Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael B. Redmann is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 9, 2016

Drug Trafficking