New Orleans Field Division

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Federal Jury Convicts Allen Gang

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that GIE PRESTON, age 39, BURNELL ALLEN, age 35, and SONNY ALLEN, age 31, all residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, were convicted late yesterday after a 4-day jury trial. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on a superseding indictment charging all defendants with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base “crack.” The jury also found SONNY ALLEN guilty of distributing a quantity of cocaine base “crack” on four occasions.

ATF Offers $1,000 Reward for Information on Indoor Shooting Range Burglary

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HARAHAN, La. ? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the persons responsible for the burglary and theft of firearms from the Shooter's Club Indoor Range.

On July 27, two unknown individuals burglarized the Shooter's Club, 2338 Hickory Ave., in Harahan, and stole six firearms from the business.

This burglary and firearms theft is being investigated by ATF and the Harahan Police Department.

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