For Immediate Release
Laplace Man Indicted for Selling Oxycodone and Firearm Charge
NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that NAVORIOUS HILLS, age 41, of Hammond, Louisiana, was charged on November 6, 2020 in a two-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for drug trafficking in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841 and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924.
According to court documents, HILLS was selling prescription pain pills within the Eastern District of Louisiana. On May 15, 2020, he was in possession of a Glock handgun during a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of drug trafficking and the firearm offense, HILLS faces a maximum term of life imprisonment, a fine of $1,000,000.00, five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment and a $100.00 special assessment fine.
U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
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The case was investigated by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles D. Strauss.