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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Orleans Men Indicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that NELSON ROUSSELL, age 31, and ZACHARY DEMERS, age 21, both of New Orleans, were charged today in a four-count Indictment for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.  In Count One of the Indictment, ROUSSELL and DEMERS were charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine. In Count Two, ROUSSELL was charged with distributing a quantity of methamphetamine.  In Count Three, ROUSSELL was charged with possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine.  In Count Four, DEMERS was charged with possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine.

Each of the counts carry a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a minimum of three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Long is in charge of the prosecution.

 

Updated September 2, 2015