NEW ORLEANS, LA – WILLIAM AUTHUR BRYANT, JR., a/k/a “Dudie,” age 27, and TATUM TERRELL DARDAR, age 24, both of Terrebonne Parish, La., were charged March 5, 2021, in an 8-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with several narcotics offenses, including conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. BRYANT was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.
If convicted of the narcotics trafficking charges, BRYANT and DARDAR each face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000.00, and at least 4 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. BRYANT also faces 10 years of imprisonment if convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in addition to a consecutive 60 month term of imprisonment if convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charging document and that the defendants’ guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Houma Police Department, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana State Police. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Melissa Bücher and Nolan D. Paige.