US Attorney: Leader of large-scale drug ring receives life sentence

US Attorney: Leader of large-scale drug ring receives life sentence
Demitoris "Big Tachi" Alexander - 2015 mugshot (Source: APSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man convicted of several charges related to being the leader of a large-scale drug trafficking ring learned Thursday that he will never be a free man again, according to court documents.

US Attorney Brandon Fremin said US District Judge Shelly Dick sentenced Demitoris "Big Tachi" Alexander, 52, of Gonzales, to a life in prison. He added the judge also ordered Alexander to give up $6.6 million in proceeds from illegal drug sales.

"Today's life sentence comes as great news for the safety and security of our communities and reflects the harsh consequences that await violent drug traffickers in the Middle District of Louisiana," said Fremin. "As the leader of a large-scale and violent drug trafficking organization, this defendant spent years wreaking havoc in the lives of many throughout our district, fairly earning him the punishment he received today. I commend the outstanding efforts of the many agents and prosecutors who worked diligently on this important matter."

A federal jury unanimously convicted Alexander and Colin Knox, 39, of Baton Rouge, in March. The trial lasted six days and included numerous drug charges related to their roles in a large-scale, violent drug trafficking organization. Knox is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14. He faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison.

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Evidence at the trial showed Alexander led the large-scale cocaine distribution organization in Ascension Parish that got cocaine from Houston, Texas for distribution in multiple locations. Alexander recruited female drivers to transport money and cocaine back and forth from Houston using vehicles with secret aftermarket compartments. One driver, Andrea Rumore, was caught transporting 18 kg for Alexander when police stopped her in Port Allen. Evidence also showed during the spring and summer of 2013, Alexander obtained and distributed more than 350 kg of cocaine.

At the trial, it was shown that Knox acted as an enforcer for the organization, using violence and threats to protect the organization.

Alexander and Knox and the final two of 38 people convicted as part of Operation Third World.

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