Dequincy Jupiter of Napoleonville, Louisiana, was sentenced to nine years in prison for drug distribution after his arrest earlier this year during a major drug sweep. Jupiter will not be eligible for parole, probation or a suspension of his sentence until after he serves two years.
Jupiter pleaded guilty in July to three counts of distribution of schedule II drugs.
In January, narcotics agents with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the “Operation Get a Real Job” sweep, arresting 64 people wanted on drug counts from undercover drug stings.
Prosecutors in Louisiana take distribution of drugs very seriously. The sentencing range depends on the alleged drug. Distribution charges can carry mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment, as seen in the aforementioned case.
The defense to these charges requires an attorney that is knowledgeable and experienced in the area of defending drug distribution charges. These cases usually involve undercover police officers and/or informants. The prosecutor may also attempt to use police surveillance to prove the charge. If you or someone you know has been charged with possession, possession with intent, or distribution of drugs contact Baton Rouge Criminal Attorney Carl Barkemeyer.
Source: The Advocate, “Napoleonville resident sentenced in drug case”, November 29, 2011.