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New Orleans Resident Pleads Guilty In Methamphetamine-Trafficking Conspiracy

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

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that LINDSEY LOPEZ, age 37, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a methamphetamine-trafficking offense.  Specifically, LOPEZ pled guilty to distribution of a quantity of methamphetamine, and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release.

LOPEZ was one of 11 defendants charged in a 23-count federal indictment.  Specifically, the indictment alleges that LOPEZ conspired to sell large quantities of methamphetamine with codefendants Stefen Daigle, Peter Giandalone, Paul Melancon, Jeffrey Clines, Jacob Higginbotham, James Hatch, Eulalio Torres-Cadenas, Angel Renee Vidaure, Delio Alfredo Lopez-Lopez, and Julien Polk.  The indictment also alleges a number of individual acts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as firearm offenses.  Law enforcement developed evidence against this group of defendants using controlled purchases of methamphetamine, traffic stops and seizures, consensually recorded text messages and phone calls, search warrants, cooperator information, and self-incriminating statements. 

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for LOPEZ on November 5, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, AMTRAK Police, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Long is in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated August 1, 2019

Drug Trafficking