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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2013

Stephanie A. Finley, United States Attorney

PHONE: (337) 262-6618

Breaux Bridge Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Drug Distribution, Firearm Possession

LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA — - United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Shawn Thibodeaux, 34, of Breaux Bridge, La., was sentenced Thursday before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to 40 years in prison plus 18 years supervised release on three counts related to the distribution of methamphetamine and firearms possession.

According to the Stipulated Factual Basis for the guilty plea, a Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputy stopped a truck Shawn Thibodeaux was a passenger in on June 2, 2010, in the 2200 block of Carmel Avenue in Lafayette for a licence plate violation. After noticing the driver acting nervous, the officer searched all three occupants and found $558 and a set of brass knuckles on Thibodeaux. He then obtained permission to search the vehicle, where the officer found $4,728, a loaded Ruger Model P95 semiautomatic 9 mm. pistol, and a box of 9 mm. ammunition. He also found 87 grams of methamphetamine, 120 Tramadal tablets, 70 Xanax tablets, four Lortab tablets, one ecstasy tablet, a blow torch lighter, two glass pipes, and a digital scale. The other two occupants of the vehicle said the firearm belonged to Thibodeaux, and that he had sold them illegal drugs.

The Stipulated Factual Basis also states that St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s deputies searched Thibodeaux’s Breaux Bridge home Sept. 3, 2010, after executing a search warrant and found 36 dihydrocodeinone tablets, 24 Alprazolam tablets, a glass vial containing anabolic steroids, a vial containing hydromorphone, and 70.2 grams of methamphetamine. They also found $2,085, a loaded Ruger .22 caliber rifle, and a magazine containing .22 caliber bullets.

Thibodeaux was sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, which is Count 10 in the indictment. He was sentenced to two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in the indictment, which are counts seven and 12 in the indictment. He received five years prison and five years of supervised release for Count Seven of the indictment. He received 25 years in prison and five years of supervised release for Count 12 of the indictment. All three prison terms are to run consecutive for a total of 40 years and a total of 18 years for the supervised release. Thibodeaux pleaded guilty to the three counts in the indictment Nov. 26, 2012.

“The presence of guns along with drugs brought the minimum sentence for the multiple counts to 40 years in prison,” Finley stated. “Federal sentences do not include parole, so Thibodeaux must serve the full term. This case should serve to discourage anyone who may think dealing drugs is a way to make quick cash.”

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett L. Grayson prosecuted the case.