Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Trafficking
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LARRY DUPOR, age 44, a resident of Houston, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and one count of attempt to distribute 100 grams or more heroin.
According to court records, law enforcement officers found four packages of heroin weighing one kilogram in total during a traffic stop of a Fiat on Interstate-10 East in Calcasieu Parish. The driver admitted that she had been paid $1,000 in cash to drive the heroin from LARRY DUPOR in Houston to LEJEUNE HARRIS at a car wash in New Orleans East. The driver stated that she had made similar trips before to deliver heroin between DUPOR and HARRIS, and she agreed to assist law enforcement by following through with a delivery of ‘sham’ heroin to HARRIS. The driver was instructed by DUPOR to deliver three of the four heroin packages to HARRIS, and she proceeded to the car wash in New Orleans East under law enforcement surveillance with three ‘sham’ packages. There she was met by HARRIS, who took the ‘sham’ packages weighing approximately 750 kilograms in total and then handed the driver $2,000 in cash. HARRIS entered the car wash office, and surveillance agents then entered the scene and detained HARRIS. Agents obtained a search warrant for the car wash office and recovered an additional 479 grams of heroin hidden in an area where the three packages of ‘sham’ heroin were also found.
HARRIS pled guilty to similar charges two weeks ago, and both DUPOR and HARRIS are now scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo on November 10, 2016. DUPOR faces a term of imprisonment of at least 10 years and up to life for the conspiracy charge, and HARRIS faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years due to a prior felony drug conviction.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Michael B. Redmann is in charge of the prosecution.