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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Indictment Unsealed Charging Four Defendants in Interstate Cocaine-Trafficking Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced the unsealing of an 11-count Indictment charging JORGE ORNELAS, age 50, of Houston, TX; TEKA LAFRANCE, age 47, of New Orleans, LA; JERRELL ENCALADE, age 34, of Boothville, LA; and ALBERT VEREEN JR., age 36, of Port Sulphur, LA, with conspiring to traffic cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base (“crack”), along with numerous substantive drug offenses. 

The following chart summarizes the charges alleged in the Indictment, along with the penalties that each defendant faces if convicted of the alleged offense. 

Count

Charge

Defendants

Penalties

1

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride and Cocaine Base – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), 841(b)(1)(B), 841(b)(1)(C) and 846

All

ORNELAS and LAFRANCE:  10 years to life imprisonment, at least 5 years supervised release, $10,000,000 fine

 

ENCALADE and VEREEN: 5 to 40 years, at least 4 years supervised release, $5,000,000 fine

2

Distribution of Cocaine Base – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

 

VEREEN

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

3

Distribution of Cocaine Base – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

VEREEN

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

4

Distribution of Cocaine Base – Title 21, United State Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

VEREEN

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

5

Distribution of Cocaine Base – Title 21, United State Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

VEREEN

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

6

Distribution of Cocaine Base – Title 21, United State Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

VEREEN

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

7

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

VEREEN

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

8

Distribution of Cocaine Base – Title 21, United State Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

ENCALADE

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

9

Distribution of Cocaine Hydrochloride – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and  841(b)(1)(C)

LAFRANCE

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

10

Possession with Intent to Distribute 500 Grams or More of Cocaine Hydrochloride – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)

LAFRANCE

5 to 40 years, at least 4 years supervised release, $5,000,000 fine

11

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride and Cocaine Base – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

ENCALADE

0 to 20 years, at least 3 years supervised release, $1,000,000 fine

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office (PPSO), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Kenner Police Department (KPD), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Houston Police Department (HPD).  Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Long is in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 3, 2018