Baton Rouge man gets 45 years in drug trafficking case

A federal district judge sentenced a Baton Rouge man to 45 years in prison following a September conviction on numerous drug charges.

The Advocate ( ) reports 33-year-old Jermaine Chapman received a 45-year sentence plus 10 years of supervised release Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney for Louisiana’s Middle District says Chapman was found guilty on charges ranging from possession and distribution of cocaine to possession of a firearm during a drug crime.

An indictment filed by federal prosecutors charged Chapman with participating in a cocaine trafficking group between 2006 and 2011. Prosecutors said the group Chapman was involved with ferried large quantities of cocaine between Houston and Baton Rouge.

Seven other men involved in the drug-dealing operation pleaded guilty. A fifth man, Eugene Williams, was acquitted during trial.

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