by Walker County Sheriff’s Office staff
Walker County, Sheriff Clint McRae advised that a long term narcotics investigation recently came to a conclusion Tuesday with the sentencing of John Jacob Lavergne. Lavergne 39, a native of Louisiana was ordered to a federal prison following his conviction of possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Lavergne, pleaded guilty July 13, 2016.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas ordered Lavergne to federal prison for a total of 420 months. In
handing down the sentence, Judge Atlas described this as the largest methamphetamine trafficking case
she had seen in her 20 years on the bench. Lavergne was held responsible for trafficking 16 kilograms
of ice, a crystalized and very pure form of methamphetamine.
Lavergne was arrested September 11, 2015 after a long term drug trafficking investigation known as “Operation Meth Highway” that started in Walker County, Texas by local authorities. During the course of this investigation, law enforcement discovered Lavergne was buying large quantities of methamphetamine from suppliers in Houston area and transporting them to retail distributors in Texas
and Louisiana for sale.
Authorities also uncovered serval instances in which he threatened to use violence to further his drug trafficking. On one occasion, Lavergne threatened to take revenge on a retail distributor for a drug debt she owed. In another instance, he had plotted to rob and shoot another trafficker while delivering a two-kilogram load of ice. Local, state and federal law enforcement managed to intervene to prevent the violence.
Lavergne was also arrested during the course of the investigation on two different occasions with firearms.
Sheriff Clint McRae, stated that this drug trafficking organization moved over 1.5 million dollars in methamphetamine, I’m extremely proud of the partnerships my office has in place to initiate and continue a long term investigation here locally, but also covering multiple counties as well as other states. This is an excellent example of how Local, State and Federal partners came together to have a major impact in our community and other communities as well.
Operation Meth Highway was a collaborative effort of various law enforcement partners in Texas and Louisiana. Among those were the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville Police Department, The Drug Enforcement Administration in Houston and Lafayette, Louisiana; The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Texas Department of Public Safety; Louisiana State Patrol; Houston Police Department; Lafayette and Youngsville, Louisiana Police Departments, Harris and Fort Bend Counties Sheriff’s Offices, Lafayette, St. Martin, New Iberia and St. Landry’s Parishes Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff McRae would once again like to thank all agencies involved as well as thanking our community for their overwhelming support.