Two New Orleans men entered guilty pleas Monday to federal charges that included conspiracy to provide fake driver's licenses and other documents to individuals they thought were affiliated with terrorists.
U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton said that despite claims by Cedric Carpenter and Lamont Ranson that they had contacts within the Mississippi Highway Patrol to obtain the fake licenses, which was never the case.
Authorities said the two did attempt to make contacts with the patrol through a trustee prisoner working for the agency but the trustee reported the activity to her superiors.
Their Feb. 18 arrests led agents to a hotel room in New Orleans where officers reported finding equipment to make fake documents, including driver’s licenses and some high quality samples.
Authorities said that while the two could produce the bogus documents, they lacked the equipment to produce authentic looking Mississippi licenses.