Louisiana Man Sentenced to 5 years in Federal Prison for Attempting to Purchase Cocaine


From:  News Release   11/11/18   GCN


Gulfport, Miss – Angel Valdez Deras, age 33, of Terrytown, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for attempting to purchase 5 kilograms of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Derryle Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Valdez Deras pled guilty on July 30, 2018 to one count of attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Valdez Deras and his co-defendant had previously paid $50,000 to government agents acting as sellers and were en route to pay the remaining money for the purchase of five kilograms of cocaine when they were arrested by law enforcement officers on February 9, 2018.


The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.