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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Last defendant in Calcasieu Parish cocaine distribution ring sentenced to more than 12 years in prison

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that the last defendant in a Calcasieu Parish cocaine distribution ring was sentenced last week. United States District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced Derrick Harrison, 41, of Houston Texas, on September 9, 2019, to 151 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.  Harrison previously pleaded guilty on September 24, 2018.

Harrison was one of six defendants named as part of an indictment filed December 14, 2017.  From January 2016 to August 2016, Harrison conspired with four co-defendants to distribute cocaine in the Calcasieu Parish area.  Harrison lived in the Houston area and supplied cocaine to Vanchiese Green, who served as a middleman for Eric Beloney, Anthony Celestine and Donnie Lewis for distribution of cocaine in Calcasieu Parish.

Beloney acquired 9 pounds of cocaine on July 26, 2018, using Green as a conduit to acquire the narcotics in Houston.  On his return to Lake Charles from Houston, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on Beloney’s car and found 9 pounds of cocaine and 16 grams of cocaine base.  Following the traffic stop, officers executed a search warrant at Beloney’s residence and recovered additional controlled substances, approximately $3,432 in cash and a Hi-Point .40-caliber handgun that had been reported stolen.  Tramicke Taylor was a courier of cocaine and cash for the Vanchiese Green Drug Trafficking organization.  Altogether, the group was responsible for distributing from 50 to 150 kilograms of cocaine.

All six defendants have now been convicted and sentenced for their part in the conspiracy:

Co-Defendant

Date of Guilty Plea

Sentencing

 

Vanchiese Green, 43, of Lake Charles

 

July 18, 2018

 

October 3, 2018 - 109 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

 

Eric Beloney, 43, of Lake Charles

August 16, 2018

November 13, 2018 - 188 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (cocaine).

 

Anthony Celestine, 44, of Lake Charles

September 24, 2018

January 9, 2019 - 212 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

 

Donnie Jermaine Lewis, 42, of Houston, Texas

September 24, 2018

January 9, 2019 - 212 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

 

Tramicke Taylor, 44, of Lake Charles

July 18, 2018

November 13, 2018 – five years of probation for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

 

The FBI and Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Team conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel J. McCoy and David J. Ayo prosecuted the case.

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 17, 2019