Lafourche Parish man imprisoned for drug trafficking

Ashley Lideau

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LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA - Montrell Cleveland (34) of Raceland, Louisiana was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for several narcotics offenses.

Cleveland pled guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to four counts, including possession of over fifty kilograms of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, participation in drug trafficking conspiracy, and use of a communication facility in furtherance of drug dealing.

In January 2018, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration made two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Kendall Mathews. To find out Mathews' partner, the agents obtained court-ordered wiretaps of the drug dealers and their customers.

The agents intercepted several calls negotiating the sales of methamphetamine, cocaine hydrochloride, and heroin between Mathews, Cleveland, and customers. Cleveland was identified as one of Mathews' co-conspirators.

Through monitoring their conversation, the special agents could seize two kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. Agents and officers also attained search warrants for co-conspirators' houses where around 148 grams of heroin and 1,300 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine were found.

U.S. District Judge Barbier ordered Cleveland to 120 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. Cleveland also has to pay $400 special assessment fees.

Aside from Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Homeland Security Investigations, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, this case was also investigated intensively by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

OCDETF is the nation's primary tool against drug trafficking. Through a joint cooperative approach between federal, state, and local law enforcement, OCDETF coordinates necessary resources to target national and regional level drug trafficking organizations.

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