Terrebonne Parish Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DERECK CELESTIN, JR., age 37, a resident of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, pled guilty on October 25, 2022, before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to a two-count indictment which charged him with distribution of methamphetamine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), and 841(b)(1)(A), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, a DEA investigation revealed that CELESTIN was a methamphetamine distributor in Terrebonne Parish. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arranged two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from CELESTIN. On July 13, 2021, agents coordinated the purchase of 48.73 grams of methamphetamine from CELESTIN. On August 9, 2021, agents arranged the purchase of 130.35 grams of methamphetamine from CELESTIN.

CELESTIN is scheduled to be sentenced on February 14, 2023.

For Count 1, CELESTIN faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. For Count 2, CELESTIN faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, and at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. For both counts of the indictment, CELESTIN faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Terrebonne Parish Sherriff’s Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney J. Benjamin Myers.