Jermaine Christopher Pleasant was sentenced yesterday to over 6 years in prison after being convicted of drug charges. 36-year-old Pleasant was charged in an extensive federal, state, and local investigation aimed at dismantling a large-scale heroin trafficking network based in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas.
Together with eleven other members of the organization, Pleasant conspired to distribute in excess of 100 grams of heroin in Ascension Parish. He got the dope from his supplier, Jason Muse, who purchased kilogram quantities of heroin from sources in Texas and then distributed the heroin to others in Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish.
While investigating Pleasant, who went by the nickname “Plat Plat”, and his colleagues, agents conducted court authorized interceptions of Muse’s wire and electronic communications. Through these interceptions, investigators learned that Pleasant used telephones to sell his heroin.
Eventually, prosecutors were able to bring an indictment, hitting Pleasant and others with significant drug trafficking, racketeering, firearm, and conspiracy charges. The investigation resulted in the seizure of over one and a half kilograms of heroin, substantial amounts of methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and oxycodone.
Authorities also seized seven firearms, over $314,000 in drug proceeds, and three vehicles allegedly used in the drug trafficking venture: a 2013 Porsche 911, a Mercedes CLS550, and a GMC Hummer.
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