Galliano Man Earns 2nd Conviction In A Month; Gets 22 Years
Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced that a Galliano man was sentenced last Thursday, August 23rd, to 10 years with the Department of Corrections for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine after pleading guilty to the charge.
Lee Toups, 30, was arrested on the drug offense in May of this year while in the Lafourche
Parish jail on a separate charge. Toups was searched by Correctional Officers after suspicion was raised that he might be in possession of contraband. The search revealed that Toups was in possession of just under a gram of cocaine, and, according to his own admission, intended to sell the cocaine inside of the jail.
Toups also pleaded guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in July of this year and was sentenced to 12 years with the Department of Corrections by a Lafourche Parish Judge. Toups received the charge earlier in the year after he was seen in possession of a shotgun during a dispute over a propane tank.
“This was very much a team effort,” said Assistant District Attorney Ben Caillouet. “With the witness statements gathered by Lafourche Deputies at the scene involving the firearm and the vigilance of the Correctional Officers in the jail, we were able to secure these convictions.”
The 10 year sentence and the 12 year sentence will run consecutive, which means after completing one sentence he will begin the other.
Posted on Fri, August 31, 2018
by The Lafourche Gazette