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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 5, 2018

Man Pleads to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Heroin

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MICHAEL PENN, age 41, of Tickfaw, pled guilty today to an Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. 

According to court documents, PENN was the target of a narcotics investigation that was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hammond Police Department.  On five separate occasions, PENN unknowingly sold heroin to an undercover officer with the Hammond Police Department at various locations within the Hammond area.  Each transaction was audio and video recorded.

Judge Susie Morgan will sentence PENN on June 13, 2018.  PENN faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment for his participation in the drug conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hammond Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany L. Reed is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated March 5, 2018