Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that STEVEN LYONS, age 40, pled guilty today to participating in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy throughout the New Orleans area. Specifically, LYONS acknowledged responsibility for trafficking between 15 and 45 kilograms of methamphetamine in furtherance of the conspiracy.
According to court documents, in 2016, LYONS was a New Orleans area drug trafficker who was receiving parcels containing various amounts of methamphetamine from sources including codefendants TRUNG PHAM, CARLOS MARIO CANTU-COX, and CHRISTOPHER CANTU-COX. LYONS’s suppliers shipped methamphetamine to New Orleans from out of state using the U.S. Postal Service, Greyhound Package Express, and other services.
LYONS faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years of imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $20,000,000 and at least ten years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing for LYONS on June 21, 2017. Codefendants TRUNG PHAM, CARLOS MARIO CANTU-COX and CHRISTOPHER CANTU-COX are scheduled for trial on June 5, 2017.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana State Police, DEA New Orleans Division Office, and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Long is in charge of the prosecution.