Bogalusa man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Published 2:27 pm Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Christopher Harris, 27, of Bogalusa, pleaded guilty on Thursday, before U.S. Chief District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown, to two counts of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and distribution of 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, on July 26, 2019, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms used a confidential source to make a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Harris. The confidential source, under the direction of agents, went to 1100 block of Columbia Street to meet Harris to purchase the drugs.

The source was greeted at the door by Derrick Mark, who made a telephone call to Harris to inform him that the source was at the residence to purchase the drugs from him. When Harris arrived at the residence, he entered the source’s vehicle and sold the source approximately 106 grams of drugs that tested positive for meth.

Harris faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years up to a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, a fine of up to $5 million, at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee per count.

This prosecution was part of an extensive investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Bogalusa Police Department of individuals suspected of trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and/or firearms in the Bogalusa area. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney André Jones.