For Immediate Release
New Orleans Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm and Drug Trafficking Charges
NEW ORLEANS — On October 18, 2023, Damion Wilson, age 23, was sentenced to serve a total of 87 months in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons.
On June 27, 2023, Wilson was found guilty of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, maintaining a drug involved premises and lying to a federal agent. He was acquitted of two other related counts.
As to his conviction for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, a violation of United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(D), he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
As to his conviction for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c), he was sentenced to sixty months in prison. This sentence must be served consecutively to the sentences imposed in the other counts of conviction. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.
As to his conviction for maintaining a drug involved premises, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 856, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Lastly, as to his conviction for lying to a federal agent, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and a one year term of supervised release. For each count of conviction, Wilson also faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.
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 of Justice 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.
This case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshal’s Service, the New Orleans Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Troy Bell of the General Crimes Unit and Assistant United States Attorney Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr. of the Narcotics Unit.