Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
New Orleans Man Sentenced on Drug and Weapons Charges
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that defendant, ARTHUR ALLEN, of Orleans Parish, was sentenced on February 8, 2023 by U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 90 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and a $300 mandatory special assessment fee on Counts One, Two, and Four of a four-count indictment.
Count One of the indictment charges ALLEN with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C), and (b)(1)(D). Count 2 charges ALLEN with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c)(1)(A)(i) and 2. Count 4 charges ALLEN with being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). ALLEN was not charged in Count 3 of the indictment.
On July 29, 2021, New Orleans Police Officers conducted a stop on a vehicle containing three individuals, including ALLEN. During this stop, ALLEN fled the vehicle but was later apprehended by officers. Upon a search of the vehicle, officers discovered illegal drugs and weapons.
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.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisiana State Police, and the New Orleans Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Inga Petrovich of the Violent Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.