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St. Charles Parish Man Sentenced for Fentanyl Distribution

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – AMARYD DOWNING (“DOWNING”), age 38, of Hahnville, Louisiana, was sentenced on June 5, 2024 by United States District Judge Susie E. Morgan to one hundred twenty months imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and $300.00 in mandatory special assessment fees after pleading guilty to distribution of a quantitymixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, on May 8, May 11, and May 22, 2023, St. Charles Parish detectives conducted an investigation during which they made controlled purchases of gram quantities of drugs from DOWNING in the Hahnville area.  The drugs from each purchase tested positive for both fentanyl and heroin.  After making the last of the controlled purchases, detectives arrested DOWNING.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s OfficeThe prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones of the Narcotics Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated June 7, 2024

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