News Release
December 16, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Roberto Bryan
Number: (504) 840-1360

St. Tammany Parish Men Plead Guilty To Distributing Crack Cocaine

DEC 16 -- (New Orleans, Louisiana) - RICKY WILSON, age 33, and BRIAN PURVIS, age 28, both residents of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt to federal drug distribution charges, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the factual basis, WILSON and PURVIS admitted that on February 1, 2008, they distributed five grams or more of cocaine base (crack). WILSON and PURVIS face a possible maximum sentence of forty (40) years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2 million and four (4) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for March 3, 2010.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Theodore Carter.