POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Houston man was sentenced to over 11 years in prison for trafficking cocaine to Louisiana.
Christopher Bernard Wade, 42, was found in possession of 33 pounds of cocaine, valued at roughly $1.5 million, during a traffic stop in Iberville Parish. It happened on May 3, 2012.
Wade was pulled over for speeding on I-10 near Grosse Tete. After being arrested, Wade confessed that he was driving to New Orleans to distribute the cocaine.
At today’s sentencing, Chief Judge Jackson observed that although Wade had prior convictions involving drug and firearms offenses, he had “entered the big leagues” by trafficking more than 15 kilograms of cocaine.
“Today’s sentencing shows how effective the ongoing cooperation between Homeland Security Investigations and local law enforcement is in identifying and intercepting significant shipments of illegal drugs before they reach our streets,” said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of HIS-New Orleans. “The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and its Interstate Patrol Division were vital to this case, and criminals should be on notice that HSI will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to identify and seek prosecution of drug crimes.”
Wade was sentenced to serve 138 months in federal prison and he will have 5 years of supervised probation following his release.