For Immediate Release
Federal Jury Convicts Metairie Resident for Drugs, Gun, and Obstruction-Related Offenses
NEW ORLEANS – Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that yesterday, a federal jury convicted ANTONIO NEVEAUX, age 44, a Metairie resident, for his role in distributing cocaine base (“crack”) in the New Orleans area. Following a two-day trial, the jury found NEVEAUX guilty of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.
According to the evidence presented at trial, NEVEAUX was a known mid-level crack dealer in the Iberville Housing Development. On March 21, 2012, two hand-to-hand transactions were caught on surveillance video, and NEVEAUX was immediately arrested with over 90 grams of crack, $4,000 cash, and two loaded firearms. After he was indicted on the drug and gun charges, NEVEAUX attempted to convince one of his customers to lie to investigators about the nature of their interaction.
NEVEAUX faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison—five years for the crack offenses, and five additional years for possessing firearms in furtherance of those offenses. Sentencing before Judge Susie Morgan is scheduled for November 15, 2017.
Co-defendant ANTHONY WASHINGTON previously pled guilty to conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15, 2017. Co-defendant TERRENCE SMITH is scheduled for rearraignment for the drug conspiracy charge on August 11, 2017.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Housing Authority of New Orleans Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael E. McMahon, Jeffrey Sandman, and David Howard Sinkman were responsible for the prosecution.