A 58 page federal indictment was unsealed Thursday and 39 people have been charged in an extensive investigation aimed at dismantling a violent drug trafficking network operating primarily out of Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish.
The indictment shows instances of significant drug trafficking, racketeering, firearm, and conspiracy charges. There were also allegations of a murder plot, threats to use a hatchet to cut off fingers, use of a daycare to distribute and store cocaine and proceeds from cocaine sales, and using a child to help transport 18 kilograms of cocaine.
During the arrest of the 39 people involved, agents seized cocaine, a stolen AR-15, a shotgun, three handguns, and substantial amounts of cash believed to be drug proceeds. Agents also seized six firearms and more than $150,000 in cash as part of the operation.
The charged defendants are listed on the next few pages. They face significant terms of imprisonment, fines, and the forfeiture of proceeds from the illegal activity, although one of the charged defendants was killed on the day of the indictment.