Judge sentences pair to 20 years on racketeering charges

Marcus Anders (Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Marcus Anders (Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Tephanie Monroe
Tephanie Monroe

AMITE, LA (WAFB) - Two people accused of transporting drugs across state lines on two separate occasions were sentenced after pleading to racketeering charges Friday.

The 21st Judicial District Court reported Marcus Anders, 31, of Flagstone, AL, and Tephanie Monroe, 26, of Birmingham, AL, were each sentenced to 20 years by Judge Robert Morrison after they pleaded no contest to two counts of racketeering.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said they were both sentenced to 20 years for each count, but the sentences are to be served concurrently. He added 10 years of Anders's sentence and 15 years of Monroe sentence were suspendend. Upon release, they must pay $100,000 in restitution.

According to Perrilloux, the pair must testify against other suspects in upcoming trials as part of the plea agreement.

Court documents showed Anders and Monroe were arrested after Louisiana State Police found 28.9 pounds of marijuana believed to be transported from Houston during a traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish in September 2011.

A month later, the pair and another man were arrested after being pulled over by deputies with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Investigators reported finding two kilos of cocaine worth about $200,000 in the car Monroe was driving. They were all charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Officials said Anders and Monroe were charged with racketeering because the Louisiana Racketeering Act states:

"A pattern of racketeering activity means engaging in at least two incidents of racketeering activity that have the same or similar intents, results, principals, victims, or methods of commission."

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