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Western District of Louisiana

Friday, November 21, 2014

Canadian Woman Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Illegal Drug Distribution Conspiracy


LAKE CHARLES, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that aCanadian womanwas sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for conspiring to buy methamphetamine in Houston for sale in the Lake Charles area.

Lisa Odale, 59, of Airdrie, Canada, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi for one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of a substance containing a detectable quantity of methamphetamine.  She was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $3,988 in restitution for extradition costs. According to evidence presented at the June 5, 2014 guilty plea, Odale, a Canadian who was living in Houston at the time of her arrest, conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine from December 2005 to April 2006. On January 30, 2006, police responded to a home invasion complaint when they found methamphetamine among Odale’s possessions. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Odale had been selling the methamphetamine to dealers who would distribute the illegal drugs in the Lake Charles area.

The DEA, Houston Police Department, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Team participated in this OCDETF investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger prosecuted the case.

The defendants were arrested as part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation Operation Whiteout.  The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Updated January 29, 2015