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ATF, U.S. Park Service Offers Up To $7,500 Reward in Christmas Morning Arson

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HOPE, Ark. — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division, the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior, along with the FBI are investigating a fire set to the structure of the childhood home of former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the early morning hours of Dec. 25, 2015.

Member of Young Melph Mafia (YMM) Neighborhood Gang Sentenced to 40 Years for Drug and Firearms Violations

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JACOBI BOYD, age 24,  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.”  

Member of Young Melph Mafia Sentenced to 8 Years for Drug and Firearms Violations

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DEONTRE HILLS, age 22, 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 HILLS to 96 months imprisonment to run consecutively to a 10 years state sentence, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Arson and Insurance Fraud

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ALBERT BROWN, age 46, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to multiple criminal counts for his involvement in a 2007 scheme commit insurance fraud by arson.

U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan sentenced BROWN to 60 months of incarceration, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.

FnD Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Narcotics Charges

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced  that TRAVIS SCOTT, a/k/a “Trap,” a/k/a “Slim,” age 31, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to the Third Superseding Indictment charging him with racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, and firearms violations.  He was the final pending defendant in this RICO prosecution.

Seminary Man Sentenced For Gang Racketeering Conspiracy

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Gulfport, Miss – JASON MARSHALL BULLOCK, 39 of Seminary, MS was sentenced to prison for conspiracy to commit prohibited acts related to racketeering in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg today announced United States Attorney Gregory K. Davis.

BULLOCK who has been in custody since July 2013, was charged in the racketeering conspiracy as the “Prince of Mississippi” a position of high leadership in the Simon City Royals criminal street gang.

District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced BULLOCK to 84 months along with a $10,000 fine and 3 years of post-release supervision. .

Seminary Man Sentenced For Gang Racketeering Conspiracy

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Jason Marshall Bullock, 39 of Seminary, MS was sentenced to prison for conspiracy to commit prohibited acts related to racketeering in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg today announced United States Attorney Gregory K. Davis.

Bullock who has been in custody since July 2013, was charged in the racketeering conspiracy as the “Prince of Mississippi” a position of high leadership in the Simon City Royals criminal street gang.  

District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Bullock to 84 months along with a $10,000 fine and 3 years of post-release supervision.

New Orleans Man Indicted After Violating Federal Firearms Laws

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U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that JOSHUA JOHNSON, age 35, of New Orleans, was charged today in a one-count Indictment alleging violations of federal firearms laws.

JOHNSON was arrested by personnel of the New Orleans Police Department on July 9, 2015, and charged by the state for illegally carrying a weapon and possession of a firearm or weapon by a felon.  At the time of his arrest, JOHNSON was under supervised release for a 2009 federal conviction for violations of federal narcotics laws. 

YMM Gang Members Sentenced to 21-Plus Years in Prison for Drug and Firearms Violations

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ALFRED COBBINS, age 23, and SHAWN GRACIN, age 22, both residents of New Orleans, were sentenced today for their 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.”  

ATF NRT Activated In Joint Fire Investigation of 28 Unit, Multi-Family Condominium Complex

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NEW ORLEANS — Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Constance Hester of the New Orleans Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced the activation of ATF’s National Response Team (NRT) to join the investigation of the Sep. 6, ACT X Condominium Complex fire, at 4504 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, La. The complex is a two story, 28 unit, multi-family building. The fire is estimated to have caused more than $1.5 million in damage. ATF has joined the investigation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the St. Tammany Fire Protection, District No.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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