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Two Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Transporting Cocaine

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

MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that two Tennessee men who were stopped for a traffic violation while driving through Louisiana and found to have cocaine in their vehicle have been sentenced. United States District Judge Terry A. Doughty sentenced the two men as follows:

Jalyn Thompson, 21, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, was sentenced to 70 months in prison, and Derek Tipps, 21, of Dickson, Tennessee, was sentenced to 120 months in prison. Both will be under supervised release for 5 years following their release from prison.  

On October 20, 2021, a vehicle was stopped by Louisiana State Police troopers for a traffic violation outside of Monroe, Louisiana. Thompson was driving the vehicle and Tipps was a passenger. The story they provided to law enforcement officers raised suspicions and a K-9 dog was summoned to the scene to assist. Upon arrival, the drug dog alerted on the vehicle and Thompson and Tipps admitted to having drugs in the vehicle. A backpack was found in the trunk which contained 25 pounds of cocaine. Both men were arrested and subsequently indicted for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Thompson and Tipps both pleaded guilty to the charge on May 3, 2022.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Joint Task Force and the Louisiana State Police and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert F. Moody.

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Updated February 2, 2023