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Gonzales Man Sentenced to 150 Months in Federal Prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles sentenced Irving Bobby Mitchell, age 41, of Gonzales, Louisiana, to 150 months in federal prison following his convictions for distribution of methamphetamine.  The Court further sentenced Mitchell to five years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment. 

According to admissions made as a part of his guilty plea, on February 9, 2022 and February 18, 2022, under the supervision of law enforcement, a confidential source (CS) purchased methamphetamine from Mitchell during controlled buys that were witnessed by agents.  

On March 4, 2022, during a controlled call with Mitchell, the CS requested an ounce of methamphetamine in exchange for $350.  An undercover agent from the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office rode with the CS to the agreed upon meeting location within the Middle District of Louisiana.  Mitchell, the CS, and the undercover agent met inside the store to exchange the methamphetamine.  The undercover agent was fitted with audio and video recording equipment.  After the transaction, Mitchell called the CS to inquire about the undercover agent, who then talked with him and tried to establish a drug trafficking relationship. 

On March 10, 2022, agents arranged another recorded, controlled purchase of methamphetamine using the CS and undercover agent.  The agent met with Mitchell in Prairieville where Mitchell distributed three ounces of methamphetamine in exchange for $980. 

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Gonzales Police Department, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office, and St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jessica Jarreau, who also serves as Deputy Chief of the Organized and Violent Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Jeremy S. Johnson. 

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.  Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

Updated October 6, 2023

Topic
Drug Trafficking