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Two Washington Parish Men Indicted for Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DERRICK MARK, a/k/a “Dopeman,” age 40, and CHRISTOPHER HARRIS, age 29, both residents of Bogalusa, Louisiana, were charged September 6, 2019, in a five-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with several narcotics offenses, including conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser.

According to the indictment, beginning at a time unknown, but prior to April 5, 2019, and continuing until the present, MARK and HARRIS conspired with each other to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.  Both MARK and HARRIS are also charged with distribution of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and MARK is charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  

If convicted, both MARK and HARRIS face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum of forty years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000.00 and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  If convicted of the firearms offense, MARK faces an additional five years’ imprisonment to run consecutive to any other sentence imposed against him.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Bogalusa Police Department of individuals suspected of trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and firearms in the Bogalusa area. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the indictment is merely a charging document and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones.

Updated September 26, 2019

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