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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Baton Rouge Man Convicted Of Possession With The Intent To Distribute Heroin

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced the results of another federal prosecution related to drug trafficking of heroin pills pressed to resemble Oxycodone. On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles sentenced BRANDON KORNBACHER, a.k.a. “Meeko,” age 31, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to serve 46 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. Judge deGravelles also ordered that the 46-month prison sentence shall run consecutively to any sentence imposed by a Louisiana State Court for a separate drug-trafficking offense pending against KORNBACHER.

On December 9, 2015, KORNBACHER pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 841, and as contained in an Indictment filed in July 9, 2015. As part of his plea, KORNBACHER admitted that on February 28, 2015, officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department discovered 554 pills during a traffic stop of a pickup truck operated by KORNBACHER that had an inoperable headlamp. KORNBACHER initially slowed down to indicate he was stopping, but then accelerated in an attempt to flee. KORNBACHER ran several red lights near  Cortana Mall, pulled over in a residential neighborhood to allow a passenger to flee on foot, and subsequently stopped his truck. After KORNBACHER was placed in custody, the BRPD officers located two plastic bags containing 554 blue pills in the lower storage compartment of the truck. KORNBACHER admitted that he knew that the pills contained heroin and that he intended to distribute the pills at a later time.

U.S. Attorney Green stated: “This sentencing resulted from a line of cases prosecuted by my office relating to heroin pills pressed to resemble a prescription pain medication. Leaders in our community recognize the dangers placed on our citizens by drug traffickers who not only distribute heroin, but do so in a form that leads users to believe that they are pain killers prescribed by medical professionals. We, as a community, cannot allow such criminals to continue to profit from the extreme suffering of those addicted to heroin and other opiates. My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who deal controlled substances will inevitably face the justice that they deserve. The sentence imposed in this case forwards that effort. I truly appreciate the efforts of the BRPD in stopping this drug trafficker from continuing to distribute heroin and, with the diligent efforts of the DEA, helping to successfully prosecute this case.”

Brad L. Byerley, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Baton Rouge Resident Office stated: “Heroin has been poisoning our communities in the greater Baton Rouge area for many years.  In this investigation, DEA and local law enforcement pursued this drug dealer who preyed on the weak and addicted through the distribution of heroin pills disguised as prescription pain medication.  The resulting conviction and sentencing furthers our efforts to prevent heroin trafficking from taking hold in our community.”

The investigation of this case was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Baton Rouge Tactical Diversion Squad and the Baton Rouge Police Department, Department, with assistance from the Iberville Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office , and Louisiana State Police.” It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Pugliese.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 14, 2016