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Lake Charles resident sentenced to 12 years for selling hundreds of Oxycodone pills

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that John Homer Legros Jr., 40, of, Lake Charles, who sold hundreds of Oxycodone pills was sentenced May 9, 2019 by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to 12 years in prison and three years of supervised release.

The defendant, along with his wife Veronica Gray Legros, 39, and Billy Winbush, 41, also of Lake Charles, illegally sold Oxycodone pills at various times and then laundered the proceeds to finance the construction of a house.  The location of the last Oxycodone sale was changed numerous times to evade law enforcement with the sale eventually taking place at a store in Lake Charles.  Law enforcement agents later searched Legros’ home and found a sheet of paper containing names and birth dates and a sheet of paper similar to a prescription pad with writing that resembled shorthand used by a doctor to prescribe a patient oxycodone.  During this investigation, law enforcement officers also discovered that Legros was financing the construction of a large house with cash from the drug sale proceeds.  As a result, the property was forfeited to the United States.

John and Veronica Legros pleaded guilty to the federal charges on January 30, 2019, and Winbush pleaded guilty on January 14, 2019.  Veronica Legros and Billy Winbush were also sentenced on May 9, 2019.  Veronica Legros was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service; Billy Winbush was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service.

The FBI and the Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.

Updated May 13, 2019

Drug Trafficking