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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jefferson Parish Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Distribute Ketamine which Resulted in the Death of a Teenager whose Body was Found Floating in a Texas Bayou

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that LEILANI ASPURIA, age 25, of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to distribute ketamine which resulted in the death of a Slidell, Louisiana teenager.  The eighteen year old’s dead body was found floating in a Texas bayou.

As described in court documents, ASPURIA, along with WILLIAM HARRISON FARRIS, age 39, and KACIE DOUCET, age 37, conspired to incapacitate the teenager with drugs so that he could be transported to law enforcement authorities in Texas.  ASPURIA, FARRIS, and DOUCET did so in the hope of receiving free drugs from two large scale Texas-based methamphetamine dealers.  These dealers, a married couple, had told their New Orleans customers that they wanted the teenager so they would not lose the $6000 bond they had posted for him months earlier.

ASPURIA faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, a possible fine of $500,000, and at least 2 years of supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for ASPURIA on December 11, 2019.  FARRIS pleaded guilty to the same charge and will be sentenced on October 23, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant United States Attorneys Brandon S. Long and David Howard Sinkman are in charge of the prosecution.      

Updated September 11, 2019