NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Christopher Taylor, 35, of Bogalusa, pled guilty today to three counts of a superseding Bill of Information, in which he was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride, possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base ("crack"), and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, beginning on a date unknown and continuing to the present, Taylor did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree with other persons to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride. Prosecutors say a lawful search of Taylor's home found him to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine and a stolen Beretta semi-automatic pistol. Taylor has a prior felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm by both state and federal law.
If convicted of the conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride charge, Taylor faces a minimum term of ten years imprisonment, a maximum of life imprisonment, and a fine of $10,000,000. The possession with intent to distribute count carries a maximum term of twenty years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000, and the felon in possession count carries a maximum term of ten years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing for September 7, 2016.