ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - In an investigation started by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, a California-based supplier of methamphetamine to the parish pleaded guilty to drug charges in federal court Wednesday.
Leonid Djuga, 37, of Reseda, Calif., was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute about 2 pounds of meth, all of which was 99-100 percent pure, according to DEA analysis.
In June 2014, St. Bernard sheriff's deputies investigating methamphetamine sales on West Judge Perez Drive in Arabi arrested two men. Through their investigation, deputies learned that their source was Djuga.
SBSO narcotics agents coordinated with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration New Orleans Field Office, and between June 26 and 27 intercepted four packages containing meth being mailed to Arabi via FedEx.
On July 15, DEA agents, Los Angeles Police Department officers and a St. Bernard Parish sheriff deputy arrested Djuga at his California home. The execution of a search warrant yielded plastic bottles similar to ones used to package the methamphetamine that was seized in Louisiana.
Agents also seized a notebook that appeared to be a drug ledger, a receipt for a package being shipped to Arabi and three cell phones. In a BMW registered to Djuga, a box cutter was found with residue that tested positive for meth.
A search of Djuga's cell phones revealed text messages discussing shipments of packages to Louisiana and a photograph of a FedEx tracking label destined for Louisiana.
Djuga faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years to as much as life in prison, a $10 million fine, and at least five years of supervised release.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 23, 2015.