BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 30 years for his involvement in a drug trafficking organization.
According to United States Attorney Ronald Gathe, Jr, 38-year-old Travis James has been sentenced to 360 months in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Court found James was a leader and organizer of a drug trafficking group involving 13 other individuals. The group allegedly received large amounts of money and drugs. James’ criminal history also plays a part in his sentencing. The Court ordered James to pay $139,632, which is equivalent to the combined value of the money and property used to traffic the drugs.
The Department of Justice says as part of his plea, James led a group of individuals to contain kilograms of cocaine from different sources in Houston, Texas, taking the amounts received to stash houses in Baton Rouge and Prairieville. In some cases, these trips consisted of five or more kilograms of cocaine. During the investigation, authorities recovered over $500,000, about eight guns, two-kilo presses, and drug testing kits. The investigation then revealed James intended to begin trafficking heroin with the money he received from cocaine purchases.
The others involved in James’ trafficking group are in authorities custody, facing imprisonment terms as well.