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Western District of Louisiana

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lafayette man sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for distributing heroin in Acadiana

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Lafayette man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for conspiring with three others to sell heroin.

Terrence T. Woods, 33, of Lafayette, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.  He was also sentenced to four years of supervised release.  According to the September 20, 2017 guilty plea, Woods conspired to distribute heroin in the Acadiana area in 2016 and 2017, along with his co-conspirators, Joshua Edwards, 32, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; Jacobe Arceneaux, 34, and Robert Jenkins, 36, both of Lafayette, Louisiana.

Edwards was found guilty after a three-day trial that ended August 1, 2018 on the conspiracy charge and was sentenced October 31, 2018 to 10 years in prison and eight years of supervised release. Arceneaux pleaded guilty on July 13, 2017 to distributing heroin and was sentenced October 9, 2018 to 80 months in prison and four years of supervised release.  Jenkins pleaded guilty on January 11, 2018 to distributing heroin, and he was sentenced on May 8, 2018 to 90 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

The defendants were arrested as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) “Operation Toxic Mix.”  The FBI, DEA, Lafayette Metro Narcotics and other law enforcement agencies conducted the 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 targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations,  coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources, and disrupting and dismantling of major drug trafficking organizations.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert C. Abendroth and Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.

Updated November 21, 2018