Houston Men Sentenced for Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced RAYMOND ZEPEDA, age 49, and ROLANDO CLARK, age 39, both of Houston, Texas, to 120 months imprisonment for violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. The sentencing occurred on February 8, 2022.

According to the court records, ZEPEDA and CLARK conspired to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute a kilogram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin and five kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.  They were both Houston-based sources of supply for drug dealers in New Orleans.

Judge Zainey sentenced both ZEPEDA and CLARK to served ten (10) years in prison to be followed by five (5) years of supervised release and ordered that they each pay a $100 special assessment fee.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller.

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