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A couple was sentenced to federal prison and one Mexican immigrant pleaded guilty for intent to distribute methamphetamine in Vermilion Parish.

Tobi Domingue, 35, of Duson, and Aaron Landry, 31, of Mariette, Ga., pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and Jose Angel Ruiz-Cervantes, 27, a citizen of Mexico, pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Hanna accepted the guilty plea of Corey Domingue, 35, of Opelousas. Domingue pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Tobi Domingue to 87 months in prison and four years supervised release; Aaron Landry received 94 months in prison and four years supervised release and Ruiz-Cervantes received 97 months in prison, followed by five years supervised release.

Corey Domingue, Tobi Domingue, Aaron Landry and Ruiz-Cervantes, along with eight co-defendants, were indicted in June of 2009 on a variety of drug trafficking and firearms charges, along with unlawful use of communication facilities. Evidence revealed that this drug trafficking organization was responsible for the movement and sale of meth and cocaine from Mexico into the U.S., and distribution throughout the Acadiana area. The defendants and their co-conspirators possessed and distributed kilograms of drugs.

As part of the conspiracy, Tobi Domingue admitted that she sold methamphetamine with her husband, Corey Domingue, and that she participated in the distribution of approximately three to six kilograms of meth. Aaron Landry acknowledged that he was responsible for the possession and distribution of approximately four kilos of meth, and also acknowledged that he was the owner of numerous firearms.

Ruiz-Cervantes admitted that he was a courier for the methamphetamine and cocaine distribution group and that his role in the conspiracy involved approximately five kilograms of meth. Domingue said during his plea hearing that he possessed with the intent to distribute approximately four kilos of meth and approximately one kilogram of cocaine.

Landry and Corey Domingue agreed to forfeiture of approximately 30 weapons between them, varying from shotguns and pistols to several SKS 7.62mm assault rifles.

“Drug trafficking of any kind is a threat to our communities,” Finley said. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration and our local and state partners, will continue to vigorously investigate, arrest, indict and seek appropriate sentences for anyone who engages in this trade. We are committed to holding drug dealers, from the couriers to leaders, accountable to keep our communities safe.”

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force and was prosecuted by Finley.



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