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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Houston man sentenced to 87 months in prison for cocaine charge

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Texas man was sentenced last week to 87 months in prison for possessing cocaine for later sale.

David Matthews, 54, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minladi on one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to the guilty plea, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s officer stopped Matthews’ vehicle on March 20, 2012 for a traffic violation. After a search of the vehicle, the officer found 2 kilograms of powder cocaine and 118 pounds of marijuana in three large trash bags in the vehicle’s extended cab.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamilla A. Bynog and John Luke Walker prosecuted the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated August 2, 2016