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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Illegal Possession of Narcotics Sends Alabama Man to Federal Prison

SHREVEPORT, La. - Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that an Alabama man has been sentenced for his role in drug trafficking in the Western District of Louisiana. Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. sentenced Mathew Mark Moreno, 51, of Montgomery, Alabama, to 84 months (7 years) in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

On two different occasions in 2019, Moreno was driving a rental vehicle in the Western District of Louisiana and was stopped both times by law enforcement officers for a traffic violation. On February 11, 2019, Moreno was stopped on I-10 near Lake Charles, and again on May 3, 2019, he was stopped on I-20 near Shreveport. On both occasions, he was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Law enforcement officers found illegal narcotics in Moreno’s vehicle each time he was stopped. The first stop netted 767 grams of powder cocaine which was located inside the rear passenger compartment of the vehicle. During the second stop in May 2019, officers found 111 grams of heroin, 402 grams of powder cocaine, and 541 grams of Alprazolam in the trunk of the vehicle. Moreno pleaded guilty to the charge on May 6, 2021.

The DEA and Louisiana State Police conducted these two investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Seth D. Reeg and Cadesby B. Cooper prosecuted the case.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 16, 2021