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Gonzales man gets 13-year sentence for meth charges

Staff reports

Stephen John Daigle Jr., 37, of Gonzales, received a 13-year prison sentence Tuesday in federal court for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in the Houma area, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten reported.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey imposed 10 years of supervised release following the end of Daigle’s prison term, Letten said.

According to documents in U.S. District Court, Daigle pleaded guilty to the charges, admitting that on Sept. 2, 2006, he drove into a parking lot in Houma with the methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Letten said Louisiana State Police encountered Daigle as he drove into the lot. He consented to a search of his vehicle, which revealed a paper bag on the floorboard that contained a plastic bag of methamphetamine and another paper bag by the fuse box which contained two plastic bags of methamphetamine, Letten said.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors did not seek an enhancement based on Daigle’s prior two drug convictions, which would have resulted in a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, according to Letten.

After sentencing, Daigle was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Special Agents of U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforement investigated the case, along with State Police.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin G. Boitmann prosecuted the case.