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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Houston, Lafayette Men Sentenced For Roles In Drug Conspiracy Distribution Ring

LAFAYETTE, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that German Caballero Rodriguez, 42, of Houston, and Tyrone James Thibeaux, 38, of Lafayette, were sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote for conspiracy with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine.  Rodriguez was sentenced to 100 months in prison and Thibeaux was sentenced to 135 months in prison. They will both serve five years of supervised release.

Rodriguez and Thibeaux, along with co-defendants John Dauphin, Glenn Charles and Fernellis Woods, were indicted in April of 2012 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine between August 2008 and April 2011.  According to evidence presented at his guilty plea on June 13, 2013, Rodriguez supplied multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine from Houston to a large scale Lafayette drug trafficking/distribution organization that included Dauphin, Charles, Woods and Thibeaux.  On December 9, 2013, Thibeaux pleaded guilty.

Woods was sentenced on October 18, 2013, to 135 months in prison; Charles was sentenced on December 12, 2013, to 71 months in prison; and Dauphin was sentenced on February 14, 2014, to 120 months in prison. All three are to serve five years of supervised release.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Carencro Police Department, the Houston Police Department and the Waller County Texas Sheriff’s Office participated in this investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Parker prosecuted the case.

The defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation.  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 26, 2015