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Lafayette man sentenced to 7 years in prison for distributing heroin

Posted at 11:47 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 12:47:03-05

ALEXANDRIA, La. –  A Lafayette man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for conspiring with three others to sell heroin, announced United States, Attorney David C. Joseph.

Terrence T. Woods, 33, of Lafayette, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.  He was also sentenced to four years of supervised release.  According to the September 20, 2017, guilty plea, Woods conspired to distribute heroin in the Acadiana area in 2016 and 2017, along with his co-conspirators, Joshua Edwards, 32, of Breaux Bridge; Jacobe Arceneaux, 34, and Robert Jenkins, 36, both of Lafayette.

Edwards was found guilty after a three-day trial that ended August 1, 2018, on the conspiracy charge and was sentenced October 31, 2018, to 10 years in prison and eight years of supervised release. Arceneaux pleaded guilty on July 13, 2017, to distributing heroin and was sentenced October 9, 2018, to 80 months in prison and four years of supervised release.  Jenkins pleaded guilty on January 11, 2018, to distributing heroin, and he was sentenced on May 8, 2018, to 90 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

The defendants were arrested as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) “Operation Toxic Mix.”  The FBI, DEA, Lafayette Metro Narcotics and other law enforcement agencies conducted the investigation.  The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations,  coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources, and disrupting and dismantling of major drug trafficking organizations.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert C. Abendroth and Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.