Baton Rouge men admit to federal drug charges Tuesday

Two Baton Rouge men pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal drug charges stemming from an extensive probe — dubbed Operation I Spy — into an alleged cocaine trafficking network operating in the Baton Rouge region.

Troy A. Bell, 26, and Bristen “Rudy” LaCour, 25, were among nine alleged members of the drug organization indicted in May by a federal grand jury in Baton Rouge.

LaCour twice sold crack cocaine to a confidential source at Bell’s residence, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cam Le told Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson on Tuesday. The first of those crack cocaine sales occurred on Oct. 18, 2011, for $1,900 and the second took place on May 3, 2012, for $2,200.

Bell and LaCour admitted to those allegations.

Bell and LaCour each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine.

Jackson ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled their sentencing for Nov. 7.

Each man faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. Both men remain in custody.

Operation I Spy is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Baton Rouge Police Department with assistance from the sheriff’s offices in East and West Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, State Police, Gonzales Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.