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Lafourche Parish 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 – JONATHAN JOHNSON, age 31, a resident of Thibodaux, Louisiana, pled guilty on November 3, 2021 before U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk to a one-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute fifty (50) 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 March 31, 2021, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies executed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by JOHNSON on Highway 1 in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  Deputies conducted a license check and learned that JOHNSON was driving with a suspended license.  After noticing JOHNSON’S nervous demeanor, the deputies requested the assistance of additional units.  When the other officers arrived and approached JOHNSON,  they observed JOHNSON open the driver’s side door of the vehicle and discard approximately three hundred (300) grams of methamphetamine onto the ground.  As a  result of his plea, JOHNSON faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years up to a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000.00, at least five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a $100.00 mandatory special assessment fee. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones.

Updated November 4, 2021

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