16 Jul Methamphetamine Dealer Gets 12 Year Sentence
Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced a Cut Off man pled guilty to Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon last Thursday, July 11th.
As part of the negotiated plea agreement, the Honorable Hugh “Buddy” Larose sentenced Russell Mathieu, 38, to 12 years without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence on the Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon charge and 10 years on the Distribution of Methamphetamine charge with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
“The distribution of illegal narcotics is a menace to our community,” said Assistant District Attorney Shaun George, who prosecuted the case. “We believe it’s important during prosecution, though, to differentiate between drug dealers and those with addiction. The defendant was a drug dealer with a gun, making this sentence appropriate.”
George continued, “The Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force did a phenomenal job with their investigation, and helped secure this conviction. They work hard for the people of this parish, and it showed with this investigation.”
Mathieu sold the methamphetamine to a confidential informant (C.I.) working with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force. Agents were able to secure a search warrant for the home of Mathieu, and during the search recovered a firearm.
Both of Mathieu’s sentences are to run concurrent.