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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – WALTER ALVAREZ TIRADO, age 33, a resident of Madisonville, Kentucky, pled guilty on February 16, 2023 before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, on October 6, 2021, TIRADO traveled from Kentucky in the direction of New Orleans, Louisiana in order to deliver fifty pounds of methamphetamine. Law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of TIRADO’s vehicle in Pearl River, Louisiana. Upon being stopped, TIRADO’s luggage was searched where officers discovered fifty pounds of methamphetamine.

TIRADO faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisiana State Police. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney J. Benjamin Myers of the Narcotics Unit

Updated February 17, 2023

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