News Release
February 04, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Roberto Bryan
Number: (504) 840-1360

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Violations

FEB 04 -- NEW ORLEANS , LOUISIANA - DERECK CURTISS, age 35, a resident of Austin, Texas, pled guilty in federal court before U. S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt today to a two-count indictment for possessing with the intent to distribute a quantity of gamma hydroxybutyric acid and anabolic steroids, announced United States Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the factual basis, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies encountered CURTISS during a traffic stop.  Subsequent investigation revealed that CURTISS was caught trying to transport gamma hydroxybutric acid and steroids to a buyer in Houma, Louisiana. During the investigation, the defendant admitted that he purchased, manufactured, and distributed anabolic steroids on a regular basis. 

CURTISS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty-five (25) years, a fine of $1,250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  Sentencing has been set for May 19, 2010.

The case was investigated by Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Deputies with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis.