Man receives 20-year sentence for conspiring to distribute Ecstasy in St. Tammany Parish
A Seattle man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute Ecstasy in St. Tammany Parish, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office announced Friday.
Azizi Ansari, 34, pleaded guilty in November 2007 to a charge that he conspired to distribute the drug with his brother, Mahir Ansari, who was sentenced to 78 months in jail on the same charge in August 2008.
Azizi Ansari, who was sentenced Thursday, admitted that he conspired to distribute the drug to a St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputy working undercover.
Ansari, like his brother, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon. He must serve three years of supervised probation after completing his sentence.
In July 2007, law enforcement officers found 4,000 Ecstasy tablets in the hatchback of a vehicle belonging to Mahir Ansari, according to authorities.
The investigation was handled by special agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency along with members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Veters.
February 26, 2010, 4:46PM
By The Times-Picayune