The owner of a New Iberia, Louisiana-based trucking company has been sentenced to more than 5 years in prison and ordered to pay a find after pleading guilty to charges related to drug trafficking.

Rusty Ross Honore, 42, was sentenced to 70 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, according to a November 17 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Louisiana. Honore was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $10,000.

Honore previously pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, admitting that he conspired with two other people to distribute drugs in Louisiana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) began investigating in March 2020 after receiving information about Honore distributing cocaine in the Lafayette area.

During the course of the federal investigation, agents determined that Honore and his co-conspirators possessed and distributed approximately 207 pounds of marijuana and 2 kilograms of cocaine.

Honore had a previous federal felony conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana from 2006. He was released from prison in 2012 and ended supervised release in 2014.

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