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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Operation Left Overs: All 17 Convicted In Drug Trafficking Operation

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today the conviction of the final defendant in Operation Left Overs, a long-running series of prosecutions aimed at dismantling a drug trafficking network in the Baton Rouge area.

HENRY BROWN, a.k.a. Cat, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty this morning before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to conspiring with others to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine. He was one of 17 defendants who were federally prosecuted in this operation. With today’s guilty plea, all 17 defendants have been convicted.

The other defendants include Barry Cushenberry, Travis Newman, Tyrone Smith, John Sullivan, Coda Stovall, Patrick Scott, Marlon Thompson, Gregory McGee, Jonathan Wright, Demond Spurlock, Dwight K. Wright, Jr., Renan Gilkes, Charleston Jackson, Joseph Morrison, Dwayne Richardson, and Clarence Nero.

The investigation is another effort by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program which 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.

The operation was handled by U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Baton Rouge City Police Department, with assistance from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Gonzales Police Department, the Louisiana State Police, and the U.S. Marshals Service. These matters were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Susan Amundson, Cam Le, and Joe Blackwell.

Updated December 15, 2014