NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that JERRY PEA, age 43, a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, was sentenced on October 23, 2019 to serve a total of 138 months in federal prison for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and the Federal Gun Control Act.
PEA and his co-defendant, James Jackson, were indicted by the Federal Grand Jury back on July 12, 2018. This indictment was the result of a drug investigation that was led by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department.
Defendant James Jackson pled guilty as charged and was sentenced to serve 73 months in federal prison back on June 26, 2019.
Defendant PEA was sentenced to serve 78 months for participating in a conspiracy to distribute both heroin and crack cocaine. He was also sentenced to serve an additional 60 months for possessing a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities. His total sentence was 138 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release once he is released from prison.
Assistant United States Attorney Maurice Landrieu is in charge of the prosecution.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that on June 26, 2019, JAMES JACKSON, age 35, a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, was sentenced to serve 73 months in federal prison on gun and drug charges. JACKSON pled guilty back on December 6, 2018 to distribution of cocaine base (“crack”) and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
JACKSON was arrested by members of the DEA Task Force and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies after law enforcement officials made controlled purchases of cocaine and heroin from JACKSON and his co-defendant, Jerry Pea. Law enforcement also conducted a search warrant at two residences, one on Becky Lane and one on Louis Lane, where they also recovered drugs and a firearm that were connected to these two defendants. Both men were indicted in federal court with this charges under case number 18-150 “I”.
Co-defendant Pea is scheduled to be sentenced on September 11, 2019. Pea faces a sentence of five to forty years on the drug counts and a consecutive five years on the firearm charges to which he has pled guilty.
“As sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish, I am proud to partner with the local DEA Office and its agents to target drug dealers ruining the lives of people in our Parish. This is just one example of how combining our efforts with DEA and other local partners, such as Hammond Police Department, can help take drug dealers off our streets”, said Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards.
U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser praised the work by the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Maurice Landrieu is in charge of the prosecution.
U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JERRY PEA, age 42 of Ponchatoula, and JAMES JACKSON, age 34 of Hammond, were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and heroin in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846; five counts of distributing crack cocaine and/or heroin in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), and one count each of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).
According to the indictment and an earlier-filed complaint, PEA and JACKSON conspired to distribute, and did in fact distribute, over 28 grams of crack cocaine and quantities of heroin across five days between March and May 2018, and each of the men possessed a firearm during at least one of those narcotics transactions. If convicted of the narcotics charges, PEA and JACKSON face terms of imprisonment of 5-40 years, fines of up to $5 million, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. If convicted of the firearms charges, PEA and JACKSON face terms of imprisonment of 5 years to run consecutive to any other sentence, fines of up to $250,000, and up to five years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Sandman is in charge of the prosecution