For Immediate Release
Grand Jury Returns Superseding Indictment Against FnD Gang Members
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr., announces the return of a second superseding indictment charging members of the Frenchmen/Derbigny gang, or “FnD,” with violating federal drug and firearm laws. A federal grand jury returned the second superseding indictment on October 15, 2014, against TRAVIS SCOTT, a/k/a “Trap” or “Slim,” age 30, STANLEY SCOTT, a/k/a “Stizzle,” age 22, SHAWN SCOTT, a/k/a “Shizzle,” age 25, AKEIN SCOTT, a/k/a “Keemy,” age 21, JEREMIAH JACKSON, a/k/a “Rocky,” age 24, BRIAN BENSON, a/k/a “Dub” or “Dubba,” age 30, and CRYSTAL SCOTT, a/k/a “Chris,” age 33.
The second superseding indictment contains all of the charges of the prior indictment, including the shooting perpetrated by SHAWN SCOTT and AKEIN SCOTT on May 12, 2013. The indictment adds four additional charges of discharging firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. These charges include a March 22, 2012, shooting perpetrated by STANLEY SCOTT, AKEIN SCOTT, and JEREMIAH JACKSON; a March 25, 2012, shooting committed by TRAVIS SCOTT, STANLEY SCOTT, and AKEIN SCOTT; a July 16, 2012, shooting by STANLEY SCOTT and AKEIN SCOTT; and an August 4, 2012, shooting by STANLEY SCOTT, SHAWN SCOTT, and AKEIN SCOTT. The indictment also alleges that JEREMIAH JACKSON possessed a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking on August 20, 2013. All defendants are presently in custody pending trial.
If convicted of any of the additional shootings in furtherance of drug trafficking, the defendants face a mandatory sentence of 10 years of imprisonment to be served consecutive with any other sentence, a $250,000.00 fine, and five years of supervised release. For the additional charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, JEREMIAH JACKSON could receive a sentence of 5 years of imprisonment to be served consecutive with any other sentence, a $250,000.00 fine, and five years of supervised release.
The indictment is a product an ongoing investigation into the violent acts in furtherance of the drug trafficking activities of the FnD gang. It represents the continued coordinated effort of the federal and state law enforcement authorities within the Multi-Agency Gang (“MAG”), including the United States Attorney’s Office, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”), and officers of the New Orleans Police Department.
U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Payne and Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian Ebarb, who is assigned from the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.