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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

www.justice.gov/usao/lae

For Immediate Release

July 24, 2013

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney

CONTACT: Anna Christman
PHONE: (504) 680-3171
FAX: (504) 589-4978

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Narcotics Violation

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — HOXIE MARCELIN, age 39, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman to 115 months in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente. This 115 month sentence represented the top of the recommended sentencing guidelines. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Feldman ordered that MARCELIN be placed on 4 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.

According to court documents, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) received information that illegal drugs were being sold from a residence located at 2312 First Street in New Orleans. NOPD officers were advised that a female, approximately 30 years of age, was selling crack cocaine from the front door of the residence. After receiving this information, officers conducted a "controlled buy" of crack cocaine from the First Street address.

After the controlled buy, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence. Prior to execution of the search warrant, officers conducted surveillance and observed the female, and a male, later identified as HOXIE MARCELIN, exit from the residence and depart in separate vehicles. Shortly thereafter, officers conducted a stop of each vehicle. Officers found 31 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine in MARCELIN’s rear pocket along with $230.00 in cash. MARCELIN also had a set of keys to the First Street residence.

Officers then returned and conducted a search of the First Street residence. Officers found a knotted plastic bag containing slabs and pieces of crack cocaine inside a coffee maker along with razor blades and plastic sandwich baggies. Additionally, there were pieces of mail and personal items belonging to MARCELIN inside the residence.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rick Veters of the Drug Unit.

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