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St. Gabriel Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Convictions

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 Brian A. Jackson sentenced Charles J. Alexander, Jr., age 39, of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, to 180 months in federal prison following his convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, the Court further sentenced Alexander to serve three years of supervised release and ordered the firearms involved be forfeited. 

On November 15, 2023, after a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson, the jury unanimously convicted Alexander of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  In 2021, DEA agents and the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into cocaine distribution by Alexander in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.  On April 1, 2021, three search warrants were executed at properties tied to Alexander.  Agents located Alexander at one of the properties and recovered cocaine cooking paraphernalia, over 200 grams of cocaine, and a total of four firearms.  After the presentation of the case at trial by the United States, Alexander did not return from a lunch recess and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The jury deliberated in his absence and convicted him.  Alexander was ultimately apprehended in Illinois by the United States Marshals Service on December 6, 2023, and was detained pending sentencing. 

U.S. Attorney Gathe stated, “This sentence reflects the seriousness of the offense and promotes respect for the law.  It is a just punishment for the facts exhibited at trial which warranted this sentence.”

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshal’s Service, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William Morris and Benjamin Wallace.

Updated March 20, 2024

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