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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ann Christman

New Orleans Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Gun Violations

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JACOBI BOYD, a/k/a "Co", age 23, from New Orleans, pled guilty to today to federal drug and gun charges.

BOYD, a member of the Young Melph Mafia gang, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (Acrack@). According to court documents, BOYD conspired with others in the New Orleans area from before 2007 through August 21, 2014, to possess and possess with intent to distribute at least 28 grams of cocaine base (Acrack@). BOYD also pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of their drug trafficking activities.

For the drug conspiracy, BOYD faces a maximum of 40 years’ incarceration, followed by a minimum of 4 years supervised release, and a maximum fine of $5,000,000. For the gun possession, BOYD faces a maximum of 20 years of incarceration, followed by up to 3 years supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000. There is also a mandatory $100.00 special assessment for each count associated with this guilty plea. U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt set sentencing for April 15, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department as part of a Multi-Agency Gang Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Maurice Landrieu and Edward Rivera are in charge of the prosecution.

New Orleans Field Division