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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty in Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that GARRET TEMPLETON, age 33, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to participating in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy throughout the New Orleans area.  Specifically, TEMPLETON pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of methamphetamine.  TEMPLETON faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum life sentence, a fine of up to $10,000,000 and at least five years of supervised release.  

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing for TEMPLETON on July 18, 2018.

According to court documents, during the timeframe of this conspiracy, codefendant Steven LYONS was a major methamphetamine distributor in the New Orleans area.  LYONS obtained methamphetamine by U.S. Mail and other means from several sources, including codefendants Carlos Mario CANTU-COX and Christopher CANTU-COX in Texas (who also supplied Anna THOMPSON); Eric WILLIS in Texas; Trung PHAM in California; and TEMPLETON in Louisiana.   Codefendants Tommy WELLS, Clark McALPIN, Dwayne CLAUSE, and Dawn CONRAVEY acted as sellers or brokers of methamphetamine for LYONS in the New Orleans area. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana State Police, Amtrak Police, and St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Long is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated April 19, 2018