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Last Defendant in Acadiana Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy Sentenced

MAR 29 (LAFAYETTE, La.) – The last defendant in an Acadiana methamphetamine conspiracy was sentenced on Monday, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley and Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook. 

Elton J. Scoggin, 36, of Breaux Bridge, La., and 10 other defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Lafayette and the surrounding areas from April 2015 until December 2015. Co-defendants Jeremy David Hamlett, 38, of Arnaudville, La., and Lovelace Louis Comeaux, 54, of Carencro, La., were the primary suppliers of the methamphetamine. Scoggin, the remaining defendant, was sentenced on Monday by a U.S. District Judge, to 33 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In addition to Scoggin, Hamlett and Lovelace Comeaux, eight other defendants were indicted. They are: Darrell James Serrette II, 34, Jade Dupuis, 30, Jared J. Dupuis, 39, John S. Stutes, 45, and Travis Joseph Thibodeaux, 35, all of Breaux Bridge; Kevin Comeaux, 55, of Milton, La.; Matthew James Hebert, 43, of New Iberia, La.; and Ronnie J. Touchet, 36, of Carencro. These defendants previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced.

According to Scoggin’s August, 24, 2016 guilty plea, he was recorded, along with Hamlett and the other co-conspirators, planning the distribution of methamphetamine and receipt of funds made from the sale of the drugs. Scoggin and others admitted that the methamphetamine received from Hamlett was of high quality and purity. Scoggin conspired with the other defendants to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine during the course of the conspiracy. The overall conspiracy involved the distribution of more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine to the Acadiana area of Louisiana, which the group received and transported from Texas.

The DEA (Lafayette Task Force), Louisiana State Police and Lafayette Metro Narcotics (LMN) conducted the investigation. ATF, FBI, DEA Task Force, St. Martin Parish Sherriff’s Office, and LMN assisted in the apprehension of the individuals named in the indictment.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov

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