Crowley Man Involved in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

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LAFAYETTE, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Brandal Moore, 27, of Crowley, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert R. Summerhays to 240 months (20 years) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for being involved in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment in October 2019 charging Moore and others with being involved in the drug trafficking conspiracy in the Crowley, Louisiana area. Moore pleaded guilty to the charge on May 27, 2021. During their investigation of Moore and his co-conspirators, law enforcement agents learned of Moore’s drug trafficking activities. Their investigation revealed that between April and September 2019, Moore and his co-conspirators used a house in Rayne, Louisiana to store methamphetamine, guns, and cash which they obtained from the distribution of narcotics. Moore sold the methamphetamine that he received from his co-conspirators to other methamphetamine dealers in the Crowley area in quantities ranging from one ounce to multiple ounces per transaction.

A search warrant was obtained by law enforcement agents for the house where the narcotics were being stored by Moore and his co-conspirators. During the search of the house, agents found 5 firearms, approximately 700 grams of methamphetamine, a notebook with drug ledger entries, and other drug paraphernalia. Inside a vehicle located on the property, agents found $15,000 in cash, approximately 350 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of crack cocaine, and approximately 5 kilograms of methamphetamine. Inside another vehicle on the property, agents found approximately 3,555 grams of cocaine located in a hidden compartment.

The FBI and DEA conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.