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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 7, 2015

Federal jury finds Monroe men guilty of roles in methamphetamine conspiracy

MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a federal jury found two men from Monroe guilty of their roles in a methamphetamine conspiracy.

Vacarra Rogers, 35, and Kevin Honeycutt, 36, both of Monroe, were found guilty last week of one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Honeycutt was also found guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. United States District Judge Robert G. James presided over the trial. After a two-day trial, the jury returned the guilty verdict after deliberating for approximately an hour. 

Evidence admitted at trial showed that Rogers was arrested on August 2, 2014, on Louisiana state charges related to illegal possession and distribution of methamphetamine. Co-defendant Kendra Turner, 25, of Monroe, was driving the car at the time of the arrest. During an October 8, 2014 visit to the jail, Turner was heard on recorded jailhouse calls talking to Rogers about her driving to Texas to obtain methamphetamine. Later that day, Turner, Rogers and Honeycutt further discussed the trip. Turner was arrested on October 10, 2014 on her way back from Texas. Honeycutt was then arrested and admitted to waiting for a delivery of methamphetamine from Turner. Honeycutt then stated that he had obtained $5,000 from Ruby Jane McMillan, 29, of Farmerville, La., to purchase methamphetamine for her. Honeycutt set up a delivery of methamphetamine for McMillan, and she was later arrested.

Rogers and Honeycutt each face 10 years to life in prison for conspiracy. Honeycutt also faces 10 years to life in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and up to 10 years in prison for felon in possession of a firearm.  They each face five years of supervised release and a $1 million fine. A sentencing date of March 1, 2016 was set.

Turner pleaded guilty on July 10, 2015, and McMillan pleaded guilty September 12, 2015, to one count each of conspiracy. Turner and McMillan are scheduled to be sentenced on January 4, 2016.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case.  The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Monroe Metro Narcotics Task Force investigated the case. 

Updated December 7, 2015