New Orleans Field Division

Grand Jury Returns 31 Count Superseding Indictment Including Rico Charges Against Violent Ymm Gang

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a Superseding Indictment was returned today charging members of a violent New Orleans street gang known as “the Young Melph Mafia” or “YMM” with violating federal racketeering statutes and committing five homicides as well as multiple violations of federal drug and firearm laws.

Last Reviewed September 1, 2015

Meraux Man Sentenced To 5 Years in Prison for Conspiracy Related to Falsifying Records for Gun Purchase

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RICKEY COLEMAN, age 26, of Meraux, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to falsify ATF records related to the purchase of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced COLEMAN to 60 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Last Reviewed August 27, 2015

Violent Felon Sentenced to Serve 38 Years in Federal Prison for Carjacking School Bus Driver

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BATON ROUGE, LA –United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that United States District Judge Shelly Dick sentenced JOCK R. JONES, 38, formerly of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for carjacking an East Baton Rouge Parish School System school bus driver, using a firearm in furtherance of the carjacking, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Last Reviewed August 21, 2015

Member of Young Melph Mafia (YMM) Neighborhood Gang Sentenced to 18 Years for Drug and Firearms Violations

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RUBEN GEIGER, age 22, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today for his participation in a drug conspiracy and a conspiracy to possess and use firearms in connection with the drug trafficking activities of a local gang known as the “Young Melph Mafia” or “YMM.”  

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced GEIGER to 220 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release.

Last Reviewed August 6, 2015

Independence Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Federal Gun Violation

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ERIC O’NEAL SELDERS, age 43, of Independence, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Indictment for a federal gun violation.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced SELDERS to 180 months incarceration, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. 

Last Reviewed June 26, 2015

Hammond Man Sentenced to 13.5 Years for Firearms and Drug Violations

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BRANDON WATKINS, age 31, a resident of Hammond, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to distribution of cocaine and possession and sale of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced WATKINS to 162 months of incarceration, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Member of Young Melph Mafia (YMM) Neighborhood Gang Sentenced to 13 Years for Drug and Firearms Violations

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DARIUS WILLIAMS, age 23, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced yesterday for his participation in a drug conspiracy and a conspiracy to possess and use firearms in connection with the drug trafficking activities of a local gang known as the “Young Melph Mafia” or “YMM.”  U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced WILLIAMS to 156 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Over 5 Years in Prison for Possessing Firearm

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NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that STEPHEN FARRELL, age 25, of Metairie, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced FARRELL to 68 months of incarceration, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Florida Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Firearms Violations

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JAIME JAUREGUI, age 36, of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced today after a federal jury found him guilty of conspiracy to violate the Gun Control and National Firearms Acts and possession of unregistered firearms.

 U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced JAUREGUI to 120 months incarceration, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Stuttgart Man Charged with Arson in Courthouse Annex Fire

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LITTLE ROCK - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Grover Crossland, Resident Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) announced the unsealing of a two-count Indictment on Monday, February 9, 2015, charging Donald Aaron, age 45 of Stuttgart, with arson in the destruction of the Stuttgart Courthouse Annex, which housed the Arkansas County Sheriff’s office, among numerous other government agencies.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Four Sentenced in Theft from Federal Firearms Licensee

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Gulfport, Miss – LaKeith Dentrell Smith, Damian O’Neil Towne, Theodore Dempsey Towne, and Princeton Scott Knox were sentenced on January 29, 2015 by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., in a case involving the theft of 46 firearms, including machine guns from a federal firearms licensee, announced U. S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and ATF New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Phillip Durham.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Many Resident Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Many resident was sentenced to 120 months in prison for possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being convicted of multiple felonies.

Jerry Kenneth Thompson Jr., 45, of Many, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possessing a firearm and ammunition after a felony conviction. He was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

St. Charles Parish Man Sentenced for Heroin Distribution

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NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today that KIRK JENKINS, age 41, a resident of New Sarpy in St. Charles Parish, was sentenced after having previously pled guilty to three counts of distribution of heroin.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced JENKINS to 48 months of incarceration, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to court records, JENKINS distributed quantities of heroin on December 9, 2012, January 14, 2013, and March 6, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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