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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Drug Dealer Found Guilty At Trial

BATON ROUGE, LA –United States Attorney Walt Green announced that a federal jury unanimously convicted KENDRICK D. ALEXANDER, age 41, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, today following a four-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles based on an Indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(a)(1).  ALEXANDER faces a significant term of imprisonment, followed by supervised release, along with a fine and forfeiture of assets.  A sentencing date has not yet been set.

The evidence at trial demonstrated that ALEXANDER engaged in illegal drug dealing involving oxycodone, which is a controlled pain medication that has increasingly become a drug of choice for illegal users and dealers.  Oxycodone may only be dispensed and used legally when prescribed by a DEA-registered medical doctor for medical necessity reasons.  This is because oxycodone is potentially very addictive and has resulted in significant abuse by some users, risking serious injury and death.

U.S. Attorney Green stated:  “Drug traffickers will continue to face the multi-pronged attack being waged by my office and all of law enforcement in this district.  Today’s verdict is another successful result of that ongoing effort.  I greatly appreciate the hard work of the DEA, the Baton Rouge Police Department, and my staff in bringing the defendant to justice.”

Joseph W. Shepherd, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Orleans Field Office, stated:  “Kendrick Alexander is yet another drug dealer who learned today the strength, partnership, and solidarity of the federal, state, and local law enforcement community.  The message is simple:  the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will stop at nothing to ensure that drug trafficking ventures perpetrated by the likes of Mr. Alexander will not be tolerated.”

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baton Rouge Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Cam Le and Ryan Crosswell.

Updated March 12, 2015