Drug Enforcement Administration

New Orleans

Stephen G. Azzam, Special Agent in Charge

August 26, 2016

Contact: SA Debbie Webber

Phone Number: (504) 840-1100

Heroin Trafficker Sentenced To Federal Prison

BATON ROUGE, La. - The results of another federal prosecution relating to a multi-state heroin trafficking ring were announced today by Drug Enforcement (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley and United States Attorney Walt Green. 

On August 24, 2016, a Chief U.S. District Judge sentenced Daryl Walker, age 42, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to serve five years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release. Walker was also ordered to forfeit $72,000 in drug-trafficking-related proceeds. In March 2016, Walker pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of an illegal firearm.

 “The abuse of heroin and prescription drugs is a serious problem in our communities. All too often, this abuse leads to addiction, shattered lives, and even death. For the health and safety of our citizens, DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to target those who illegally obtain and distribute these potentially dangerous drugs. This sentencing confirms that we will stand firmly to ensure that criminals who peddle in these poisons and wreak havoc in our communities will never escape from facing the consequences of their criminal activities,” said Byerley.

This case was investigated by DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad in the Baton Rouge Office and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division, with assistance from the Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Baton Rouge Police Department.

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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