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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge

December 21, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — ARTHUR DRUMMER, JR., age 26, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to a one–count indictment for a violation of the Federal Gun Control Act before U. S. District Court Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.More »

Greensburg Man Sentenced for a Gun Violation

December 21, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — CLIFTON HOLMES, JR., age 40, a resident of Greensburg, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U. S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. to twenty–seven (27) months of imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U. S Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Duval ordered that HOLMES be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.More »

Gerald Cortez Needham Convicted of Being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition

December 8, 2011

Shreveport, La.: United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Gerald Cortez Needham, also known as Copperhead, 40, of Bossier City, Louisiana, was convicted by a federal jury of one count of felon in possession of ammunition.More »

Guilty Pleas Entered for Illlegally Obtaining Firearm at Local Gun Show

December 7, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – KENA JAMES, age 23, and HILTON FLUKER, age 25, both residents of Avondale, Louisiana, pled guilty before U. S. District Court Judge Helen G. Berrigan, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.More »

Local Man Sentenced to 240 Months in Federal Prison for Firearms and Obstruction of Justice Offesenses

November 23, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JEROD FEDISON aka Feddy, age 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today by Judge Helen G. Berrigan to serve 240 months in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act and for his role in a conspiracy to obstruct justice, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten..More »

ATF Announces $5,000 Reward For Information on Rose Farm Custom Cycles Arson

October 20, 2011

Ocean Springs, Miss. – Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announced today the posting of an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire that destroyed Rose Farm Custom Cycles, 6600-A Rose Farm Road, Ocean Springs, Miss.More »

Two Arrested for Straw Purchase at Recent Kenner Gun Show

June 30, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – HILTON FLUKER, 25, and KENA JAMES, 23, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, have been charged in a criminal complaint in connection with the straw purchase of a firearm at the Great Southern Gun and Knife Show recently held in Kenner, Louisiana, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.More »

ATF Warns Consumers: Illegal Explosives Are Not Fireworks

June 30, 2011

NEW ORLEANS – Special Agent in Charge Phillip M. Durham of the New Orleans Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), asks the public to use caution with fireworks when celebrating the Fourth of July.More »

Three Men Sentenced in Murder Insurance Fraud and Arsone

May 25, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DAVID SAMUELS, age 44, a resident of New Orleans, JERMAINE SURTAIN, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, and CHARLES MOSS, age 36, a resident of Detroit, Michigan, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon for their roles in an murder insurance fraud and arson, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.More »

Mayor Johnson and Chief Coleman Announce Expansion of Partnership with ATF and U.S. Attorney’s Office

April 20, 2011

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Chief Rebecca Coleman announced that the City will have more resources to reduce gun violence in Jackson with the expansion of a partnership between the Jackson Police Department’s Ceasefire Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. This partnership is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods strategy (PSN). More »

Five Belaire Area Defendants Arrested

April 12, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA — United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced that five defendants were arrested on April 12, 2011, on federal gun and drug charges. All of the defendants are from the Belaire area. The ATF Metro Gun Task Force, in conjunction with the Violent Crimes Unit, targeted the Belaire area after numerous recent incidents of gun–related crimes. The Belaire area has one of the highest number of crime gun recoveries in the past 12 months in Baton Rouge. The five defendants are now in Federal custody.More »

Michael Anderson, Leading Member of Central City Gang, Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to RICO, Conspiracy, and Murder Charges

March 18, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: MICHAEL ANDERSON, age 25, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty today before U. S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman pursuant to a plea agreement which encompasses ANDERSON’S federal and state charges, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.More »

Life Sentence Handed Down in Arkansas Doctor Bombing

March 2, 2011

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announces a life sentence was handed down for the explosives crime that severely injured an Arkansas doctor. More »

Orleans Man Sentenced to 6 Years Imprisonment for Arson

February 25, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DAMIAN LANDRY, age 43, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced today by U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to six years (72 months) imprisonment for his role in the arson of his house and the filing of a false fire insurance claim, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemmon ordered Landry to pay $91,139.80 in restitution to the fire insurance company and imposed three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

New Orleans Handler-Canine Team Helps Arlington Prepare For Game day

January 31, 2011

DALLAS — Super Bowl brings together the best teams in football, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has brought its best K-9 teams to North Texas. Barton and Madison are based in New Orleans and will conduct security sweeps at this year's Super Bowl to locate any type of explosive, firearm or ammunition that may be in close proximity to the stadium or other venue relating to the big game. More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

Shreveport Handler-Canine Team Helps Arlington Prepare For Game day

January 31, 2011

DALLAS — Super Bowl brings together the best teams in football, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has brought its best K-9 teams to North Texas. Hood and Jude are based at the Shreveport Fire Department and will conduct security sweeps at this year’s Super Bowl to locate any type of explosive, firearm or ammunition that may be in close proximity to the stadium or other venue relating to the big game.Feb. 6. More »

Governor Jindal Announces Criminal Hot Spot Initiative To Crack Down on Crime & Additional Penalties for Human Trafficking

January 26, 2011

BATON ROUGE — Today, Governor Bobby Jindal, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Baton Rouge Police Chief Walter Mondrick, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hilmar Moore, State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson, and several other law enforcement officers from every level of government announced the Criminal Hot Spot Initiative, which will include housing the East Baton Rouge Violent Crime Unit in the State Police building to help officials better coordinate their efforts to crack down on crime..More »

Federal Jury Convicts Three Men in Insurance Murder Fraud and Arson

January 21, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — DAVID SAMUELS, age 44, a resident of New Orleans, JERMAINE SURTAIN, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, and CHARLES MOSS, age 36, a resident of Detroit, Michigan, were convicted by a federal jury today of a multi-count indictment following a 7-day trial, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.More »