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Saint Bernard Man Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROBERT C. METZLER, age 60, pled guilty on January 23, 2024 before United States District Court Judge Jay C. Zainey to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of carisoprodol, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C), and 846 (Count 1), and  possession with intent to distribute forty (40) grams or more of fentanyl and a quantity of cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), 841(b)(1)(C), and 841(b)(1)(D) (Count 2). 

As to Count 1, METZLER faces  up to twenty (20) years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, at least 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100. As to Count 2, METZLER faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and up to 40 years imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000 fine, at least 4 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

According to court records, METZLER conspired to receive shipments of carisoprodol from outside of the United States with intent to distribute and possess with intent to distribute this controlled substance within the Eastern District of Louisiana. Following the execution of a  search warrant for METZLER’s home, agents recovered multiple controlled substances and documents associated with drug transactions .

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Inspectors Office, and the Saint Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Lynn E. Schiffman of the Narcotics Unit.

Contact

Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated January 25, 2024

Topic
Drug Trafficking