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Mar 16, 2010 6:14 PM by Letitia Walker

Church Point Man Convicted on Federal Drug Charges

A member of a drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting and distributing over 350 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana from the Brownsville, Texas area to the Church Point, La. area, was sentenced today to life in federal prison, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced.

Kenneth Gary Washington, 46, of Jeanerette, La., was sentenced by United States District Judge Patricia Minaldi for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and marijuana, money laundering conspiracy, and unlawful use of a communication facility.

Kenneth Washington and 17 others were indicted on a variety of drug trafficking and firearms charges following an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation dubbed "Operation Fowl Play" and "Rio Gallo." In October 2009, Washington and

his ex-wife, Jessica Frilot Washington, the remaining two defendants in this case, were both convicted after a nine-day trial. This drug trafficking organization was responsible for transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana from the Brownsville, Texas area to the Church Point, La. area, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and other parts of Louisiana, with large amounts of drug proceeds being transported back to Brownsville. The organization utilized horse trailers, fighting rooster cages with false compartments, and 18-wheelers to transport the drugs. As a result of "Operation Fowl Play" and "Rio Gallo," approximately 111 kilograms of cocaine and assets valued at approximately $2 million were seized.

Jessica Frilot Washington is awaiting sentencing. The remaining co-defendants have previously pled guilty and have been sentenced, with the exception of one co-defendant who is awaiting sentencing.

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