ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that a federal jury convicted George Earl White Jr., 36, of Alexandria, for his role in distributing illegal narcotics in Rapides Parish.
After a three-day trial, presided over by United States District Judge Dee D. Drell, White was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. Testimony presented during his trial showed that White conspired with Derrick Anthony Felton, 40, of Alexandria, Reginald Felton Jr., 27, of Colfax, Louisiana, and Darian Dewayne Napoleon, 35, of Colfax, to sell methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in the central Louisiana area. Law enforcement agents found that Derrick Felton would travel to California to obtain large quantities of methamphetamine and then ship the methamphetamine back to Louisiana.
During the course of the investigation, Louisiana State Police seized approximately 33 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1 kilogram of heroin, 1 kilogram of powdered cocaine and 4 pints of promethazine cough syrup. Law enforcement agents learned that Derrick Felton intended to distribute the drugs to White and the other members of the conspiracy in order for them to then sell to users.
“The evidence was strong in this case and pointed the jury to a guilty verdict,” said U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph. “This defendant and his co-conspirators were spreading dangerous drugs throughout Central Louisiana. I hope this conviction sends the clear message that we will not tolerate those who seek profit in the misery and death caused by the drug trade. My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt criminal organizations that threaten our communities. I want to thank the prosecutors in my office for a job well done and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Louisiana State police for their hard work investigating this case.”
White’s co-conspirators all pleaded guilty to the distribution charge. Darian Napoleon pleaded guilty on February 25, 2019, Reginald Felton pleaded guilty on February 26, 2019, and Derrick Felton pleaded guilty on March 8, 2019. The defendants face 10 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a $10 million fine. The court set White’s sentencing date for September 5, 2019. Derick Felton is scheduled to be sentenced on June 21, 2019. Reginald Felton and Darian Napoleon’s sentencing dates are not set.
The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Louisiana State Police investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamilla A. Bynog and Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.