Parish men plead guilty to heroin, gun crimes

Published 8:07 am Thursday, August 8, 2019

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced Wednesday that Alex Miller, 37, and Larry Davis, 40, both from Washington Parish, pleaded guilty to heroin and gun charges.

Both Davis and Miller pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and to being felons in possession of a firearm. Miller also pled guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Davis pled guilty Tuesday, and Miller pled guilty on Tuesday, July 23.

For the drug charge, Davis and Miller face a sentence of imprisonment of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison. For the charge of possessing a firearm as a felon, Miller faces up to 10 years in prison, while Davis may face at least 15 years and up to life in prison, as a result of the Armed Career Criminal Act. For the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, Miller faces at least five years, consecutive to any other sentence, and up to life in prison.

Judge Wendy B. Vitter set sentencing for Miller on Oct. 15, 2019, and for Davis on Oct. 29, 2019.

Strasser praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, and the Bogalusa Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas D. Moses and André Jones are in charge of the prosecution.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCEDTF) program, the keystone drug enforcement program of the Department of Justice.