LAFAYETTE, La. – Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that five defendants were sentenced for their roles in a methamphetamine conspiracy.
United States District Judge Donald E. Walter sentenced Steven Paul Meaux, 32, of Lake Charles, La.; Arielle Marie Ardoin, 33, of Kinder, La.; Troy Lane Touchet, 42, of Jennings, La.; Jose Rosalio Mendez-Gonzalez, 41, of Garland, Texas; and Jorge Massu, 33, of Garland, Texas, on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in the Lake Charles area. Sentencing information is detailed below:
|Defendants||Prison term||Supervised release||Counts*|
|Meaux||44 months||5 years||2|
|Ardoin||24 months||3 years||3|
|Touchet||84 months||5 years||3|
|Mendez-Gonzalez||24 months||5 years||4|
|Massu||120 months||5 years||4|
* Counts 2 and 3 are possession of 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Count 4 is possession of 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
According to the guilty pleas, the defendants conspired to obtain methamphetamine from sources in the Houston and Dallas areas between March 2014 through September 2014, which they distributed in the Calcasieu Parish area. Law enforcement agents recovered approximately 2 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Lake Charles area for distribution.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Calcasieu Anti-drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.