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US Attorney: Couple admits to selling pills, financing construction of $600k house

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 19:07:52-05

LAKE CHARLES, La. – A Lake Charles couple admitted on Wednesday in U.S. District Court to selling hundreds of Oxycodone pills, according to U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.

John Homer Legros Jr. 39, and his wife, Veronica Gray Legros, 39, of Lake Charles, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. United States Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay presided at the hearing. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E.
Walter.

During their plea hearings, each defendant admitted to selling Oxycodone pills. John Legros sold 100 Oxycodone pills on May 19, 2016, and 95 Oxycodone pills on June 16, 2016. On September 28, 2016, John Legros gave Veronica Legros 100 Oxycodone pills with instructions to deliver and sell them to a contact on his behalf. On October 25, 2016, John Legros asked co-defendant Billy Winbush, 41, also of Lake Charles, to sell 100
Oxycodone pills. During this investigation, law enforcement discovered that Legros was financing the construction of a house that appraised at $600,000 with the drug sale proceeds, according to Joseph.  As a result, the property is being forfeited to the United States.

The defendants face up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $1 million fine. Winbush pleaded guilty on January 14, 2019, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. All defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on May 9, 2019.

The FBI and the Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.