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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 23, 2018

Last defendant in Acadiana methamphetamine, cocaine distribution conspiracy sentenced to 12 years

LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that a Breaux Bridge man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine and cocaine conspiracy in the Acadiana area.

Derwin S. Williams, 32, of Breaux Bridge, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to the October 27, 2017 guilty plea, Williams was initially a cocaine supplier to other members of the drug trafficking organization from 2013 to 2015 supplying powder cocaine on a bi-weekly basis. In early 2015, Williams and co-codefendant Antonio Boyd, 39, of Parks, La., started making trips to California to purchase large quantities of methamphetamine. They shipped it to various locations in the Western District of Louisiana and elsewhere. Some of the locations include Arnaudville and Breaux Bridge.

In addition to Williams and Boyd, the other defendants indicted were Tyler Shy, 30, of Breaux Bridge; Michael Nicholas, 49, of Breaux Bridge; Bryalon Dugas, 23, of Breaux Bridge; Cody Lormand, 30, of Arndaudville; and Damien Alexander, 39, of Breaux Bridge. The defendants and penalities are shown below:

Defendants Prison term Supervised release Counts* Sentencing Date

Williams

144 months

5 years

1

Feb. 23, 2018

Boyd

120 months

5 years

1

Jan. 29, 2018

Alexander

62 months

5 years

1

Jan. 29, 2018

Shy

48 months

4 years

13

Oct. 23, 2017

Nicholas

48 months

3 years

1, 2

July 17, 2017

Lormand

37 months

3 years

8

June 9, 2017

Dugas

40 months

1 year

1

May 5, 2017

*Count 1 is conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, Count 2 is possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and counts 8 and 13 are possession with intent to distribute a controlled substances.

The defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation named “Cajun Coke.” The DEA, Louisiana State Police, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department and Sulphur Police Department 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 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert F. Moore and John Luke Walker prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 23, 2018