For Immediate Release
New Orleans Man Sentenced on Federal Drug and Weapons Charges
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – CHRISTIAN GUITY, age 26, a resident of Orleans Parish, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 87 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $300 mandatory special assessment fee on Counts One, Two, and Three of a four-count indictment, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.
Count One of the indictment charged GUITY with possession with intent to distribute dangerous substances in violation of Title 21, United States Code Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C), and (b)(1)(D). Count 2 charged GUITY with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of Title 18, United States Code Sections 924(c). Count 3 charged GUITY with possessing a machine gun in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(o).
On July 29, 2021, New Orleans Police Officers conducted a stop on a vehicle containing three individuals, including GUITY. During this stop, two of the occupants fled the vehicle but were later apprehended by officers. Officers also observed GUITY in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. After searching the vehicle, officers discovered illegal drugs and weapons, including a machine gun.
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 federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the 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.