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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Federal jury finds Breaux Bridge man guilty of distributing heroin in Acadiana

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that a federal jury found a Breaux Bridge man guilty of conspiring with three Lafayette residents to sell heroin.

Joshua Edwards, 32, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.  United States District Judge Dee D. Drell presided over the trial, which started Monday and ended today. Evidence admitted at trial revealed that Edwards, along with Jacobe Arceneaux, 34; Terrence T. Woods, 33; and Robert Jenkins, 35, all of Lafayette, conspired to distribute heroin in the Acadiana area in 2016 and 2017. Law enforcement agents identified Arceneaux as a heroin supplier who used a relative’s home on Simcoe Street in Lafayette as a stash house and used the relative as an intermediary to sell drugs.

Edwards faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison, eight years of supervised release and a $5 million fine.  Sentencing has been set for October 31, 2018. Arceneaux pleaded guilty to the distribution count on July 13, 2017, and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 9, 2018. Woods pleaded guilty to the distribution count on September 20, 2017, and the sentencing date has not been set. Jenkins pleaded guilty to the distribution count on January 11, 2018, and he was sentenced on May 8, 2018 to 90 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

The FBI, DEA, Lafayette Metro Narcotics and other law enforcement agencies conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert C. Abendroth and Daniel J. McCoy are prosecuting the case.

Updated August 1, 2018