Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Kenner Man Indicted for Federal Gun and Drug Offenses
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – ALTON GRAYSON, age 37, a resident of Kenner, Louisiana, was charged on April 14, 2023 in a three-count indictment for violating the Federal Gun Control Act and the Federal Controlled Substances Act, announced United States Attorney Duane A. Evans.
GRAYSON is charged in Count 1 with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). For Count 2, GRAYSON is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B). For Count 3, GRAYSON is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).
If convicted of Count 1, GRAYSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release. If convicted of Count 2, GRAYSON faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000 fine, and at least four years of supervised release. If convicted of Count 3, GRAYSON faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to life imprisonment, to run consecutively to all other sentences, up to a $250,000 fine and up to 5 years of supervised release. As to each count, GRAYSON faces payment of a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kenner Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.