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Tangipahoa Parish Men Indicted On Drug And Gun Charges

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

JEFFREY MICHELE, 43; LESLIE MCMORRIS, 55; and SAM MICHELE, III, 40, all residents of Tangipahoa Parish, were indicted today by a federal Grand Jury on two counts involving cocaine conspiracy and distribution charges occurring in Tangipahoa Parish, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to the indictment, beginning at a time unknown and continuing until on or about July 7, 2013, JEFFREY MICHELE, LESLIE MCMORRIS and SAM MICHELE, III did knowingly and intentionally conspire and agree to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride.   JEFFREY MICHELE is also charged in the indictment with distribution of a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride.

If convicted on all charges, JEFFREY MICHELE, LESLIE MCMORRIS and SAM MICHELE, III, face a minimum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum term of life imprisonment, a fine of $10,000,000, and a minimum term of five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation is being conducted by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Andre’ Jones.

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Updated November 18, 2014