11 Dec Guilty Verdict For Methamphetamine Dealer After Two Day Trial
Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced that a Galliano man was found guilty of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution by a Lafourche Parish Jury Tuesday afternoon, December 10th.
Trapper Pellegrin, 41, was arrested on a traffic stop for driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia after the Golden Meadow Police Department stopped the vehicle he was driving for not having an illuminated license plate as the law requires.
Pellegrin was transported to the Galliano substation, where a search was conducted of Pellegrin. During that search, just over 20 grams of methamphetamine was discovered hidden in Pellegrin’s undergarments.
“The type of search conducted at the substation isn’t feasible on the scene of a traffic stop,” said Assistant District Attorney S. Benjamin Caillouet, who prosecuted the case. “Prior to being searched, the defendant was asked several times if he had any illegal substances in his possession. His repeated denial coupled with his understanding he was going to a correctional facility revealed his intention to smuggle in the illegal narcotics.”
The six (6) person jury deliberated just under one hour before returning a guilty verdict.
Pellegrin faces up to 10 years per charge at his Friday, December 13th, sentencing. Until then, he is in custody at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Facility.