Two Alabama residents were sentenced to prison Friday in a drug-related racketeering case after being caught twice transporting drugs in Louisiana, the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Tephanie Monroe, 26, of Birmingham, Ala., and Marcus Anders, 31, of Flagstone, Ala., pleaded no contest to two counts each of racketeering and were ordered to serve 20 years, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Anders and Monroe also must testify against alleged accomplices in upcoming trials as part of their plea agreement.
Monroe and Anders were arrested in September 2011 after State Police seized 28.9 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish, the District Attorney’s Office said. The marijuana was being transported from Houston.
Monroe and Anders were arrested again in October 2011, along with an accomplice, by West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies for possession with intent to distribute Schedule II controlled dangerous substances.
In that incident, Monroe was driving a Chevrolet Malibu carrying two kilograms of cocaine, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Louisiana law defines racketeering activity as repeated crimes committed under state’s criminal or drug codes with similar intents or results, provided that the incidents occur within five years of each other.
All but five years of Monroe’s sentence were suspended, and all but 10 of Anders’ sentence were suspended. The two will have to pay $100,000 in restitution.