A Louisiana man returned to his home from three days working offshore recently and found his wife there. With her was another man, hiding in the shower. He also found the makings of a meth lab.
Earlier this year, two Louisiana men were indicted on federal charges after prosecutors said they used a social media website to intimidate a witness in a tax fraud case against the mother of one of the men. According to prosecutors, at least one of the men posted threatening messages on Instagram to a witness who had testified against the woman. Charges against one of the men were eventually dropped, but they continue against the woman's son. He could face up to 20 years in prison.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury recently handed down indictments of 26 people in an alleged drug ring. Of those 26 people, several face charges of drug possession or weapons charges, but 15 face charges of racketeering. If convicted, a defendant can be sentenced to up to 50 years on a racketeering charge alone.
A former Louisiana official has been charged with theft, money laundering and other crimes after federal prosecutors said he overbilled the City of New Orleans by more than $680,000 and used public funds for personal expenses. According to the indictment, the overbilling took place when the man served as bookkeeper for New Orleans Traffic Court between the years 2009 and 2011.
When Louisiana police investigate drug offenses, they are often seeking to break up entire networks of distribution. Often, Louisiana State Police will operate in cooperation with federal investigators, gathering evidence through wiretaps or other means and then arrest multiple suspects in a so-called sweep.