Member of Large Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Federal Prison
United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced that U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles sentenced JERMAINE CHRISTOPHER PLEASANT a.k.a. “Plat Plat,” age 36, of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, to 80 months in federal prison following his convictions for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin and unlawful use of communications facilities. The Court further sentenced PLEASANT to 5 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.
PLEASANT was charged in an extensive federal, state, and local investigation aimed at dismantling a large scale heroin trafficking network based in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas. The indictment charges significant drug trafficking, racketeering, firearm, and conspiracy charges. To date, investigative efforts have resulted in the seizure of over one and a half kilograms of heroin, substantial amounts of methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and oxycodone. Authorities have also seized seven firearms, over $314,000 in drug proceeds, and three vehicles allegedly used in the drug trafficking venture: a 2013 Porsche 911, a Mercedes CLS550, and a GMC Hummer.
From September 22, 2015 to April of 2016, PLEASANT conspired with eleven additional members of the drug trafficking organization to distribute in excess of 100 grams of heroin, in the Middle District of Louisiana, as set forth in the Indictment. As part of the conspiracy, Jason Muse purchased kilogram quantities of heroin from sources in Texas and then distributed the heroin to others in Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish. PLEASANT bought heroin from Muse to sell to others in and around Ascension parish.
To further the investigation into the organization’s drug trafficking activities, agents conducted court authorized interceptions of J. Muse’s wire and electronic communications. Through these interceptions, investigators learned that PLEASANT used telephones in furtherance of the conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “Thanks to the hard work of my office and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, we were able to remove this drug dealer from our streets with a significant jail sentence. We will continue to use our combined resources to keep dangerous drugs and drug dealers out of our communities.”
“Federal and local law enforcement have successfully collaborated in order to put this drug dealer in jail for 80 months as a result of his desire to supply the citizens in and around Ascension Parish with heroin. This successful prosecution should put others who engage in this type of criminal activity on notice: If you sell drugs, you will face federal charges and a lengthy prison sentence,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley.
This operation is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Baton Rouge City Police Department, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police, and the Gonzales Police Department. This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kleinpeter, who also serves as a deputy criminal chief.
The investigation is another effort by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program that was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack against organized drug traffickers. Today, the OCDETF Program is the centerpiece of the United States Attorney General’s drug strategy to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations and money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises. The OCDETF Program operates nationwide and combines the resources and unique expertise of numerous federal, state, and local agencies in a coordinated attack against major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.