2 former DEA agents charged with drug conspiracy, weapons offenses

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it unsealed the superseding indictments of two former Drug Enforcement Administration officers charged with drug conspiracy, weapons offenses, robbery, obstruction of justice and falsification of records.

Karl Emmett Newman, 49, of Kentwood, Louisiana, and Johnny Jacob Domingue, 27, of Maurepas, Louisiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 7 in the U.S District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Authorities charged Newman with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and oxycodone, one count of interference with commerce by robbery, one count of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, one count of possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, two counts of unlawful conversion of property by a government officer or employee, two counts of falsifying records in a federal investigation and one count of obstruction of justice.

Court documents show Newman tampered with department records involving a Ford F-150 and $4,300 in cash. He also seized cocaine, oxycodone and an unspecified amount of cash greater than $1,000.

Domingue, meanwhile, is charged with one count of falsifying records in a federal investigation. Court documents state he admitted lying about an undercover drug transaction to federal agents in January.

The men, who both served as deputies in the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, were arrested in May and are currently in federal custody awaiting trial, scheduled for February, according to court documents.