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Jefferson Parish Man Sentenced for Making False Statement to United States Coast Guard

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DERRICK FREMEN (“FREMEN”), age 51, a resident of Jefferson Parish, was sentenced on June 26, 2024  to a term of thirty-six months probation and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100, after previously pleading guilty, before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, to making a false statement to the United States Coast Guard, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(3).

According to court documents, FREMEN was a licensed merchant mariner and holder of a 100-Ton United States Coast Guard master’s license.  In late 2018, FREMEN applied for a job to work on a vessel.  The prospective employer required FREMEN to submit to a drug screening, which he failed.  In response to the failed drug test, FREMEN submitted an altered prescription to the United States Coast Guard on July 1, 2019, to justify the failed drug test. 

The case was investigated by Special Agents of the United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, Gulf Region.  Assistant United States Attorney Spiro G. Latsis of the General Crimes Unit oversees the prosecution.


Shane Jones 

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office 

Eastern District of Louisiana

Updated June 28, 2024