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New Orleans Man Sentenced to Over 16 Years for Gun and Drug Offenses

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that SHEON COPPRUE, age 52, of New Orleans, was sentenced to sixteen and a half years in prison on charges relating to drug trafficking, firearm possession, and bribery.

COPPRUE previously pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846. COPPRUE also pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), and bribery of a public official, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 201(b)(1).

According to court documents, COPPRUE conspired with several California-based drug dealers, including codefendants Allen EDGERSON and Rachel CESARIO, to ship large quantities of methamphetamine from California to New Orleans. COPPRUE also bribed codefendant TONYA CALVIN, a postal worker, to deliver the drug-filled packages to him in New Orleans. COPPRUE, who was a felon and prohibited from possessing firearms, was caught with four firearms that he kept at his home and another address where he stored narcotics. All of COPPRUE’s co-defendants have already pled guilty, and all but CALVIN have already been sentenced. EDGERSON was sentenced to over seventeen years in prison, and CESARIO to five years in prison.

Today,  U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced COPPRUE to a 198-month   term of imprisonment  or sixteen and a half years, a mandatory special assessment  fee of $300, and five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Louisiana State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas D. Moses is in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated July 13, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses