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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Duane A. Evans
, United States Attorney

Two Men Indicted for Federal Firearm and Drug Offenses

NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on Feb. 8, 2024, Tevin Marcelin, 29, and Derrick Doughty, 32, both from New Orleans, were charged in a seven-count superseding indictment for violations of federal gun and drug laws.

In Count 1, Marcelin and Doughty are charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). If convicted of Count 1, Marcelin and Doughty face up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine and at least three years of supervised release. In Count 2, Marcelin and Doughty are charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A). If convicted of Count 2, Marcelin and Doughty face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to life imprisonment, to run consecutively to all other sentences, up to a $250,000 fine and up to five years of supervised release. In Count 3, Marcelin is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). In Count 4, Doughty is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). If convicted of Counts 3 or 4, Marcelin or Doughty face up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.

In Count 5, Marcelin is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and fentanyl, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). If convicted of Count 5, Marcelin faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine and at least three years of supervised release. In Count 6, Marcelin is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A). If convicted of Count 6, Marcelin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to life imprisonment, to run consecutively to all other sentences, up to a $250,000 fine and up to five years of supervised release. In Count 7, Marcelin is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). If convicted of Count 7, Marcelin faces up to 15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release. As to each charged count against either Marcelin or Doughty, they also face payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

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.

The case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Orleans Police Department and the Louisiana State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Dawkins of the Violent Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.

Contact
Shane M. Jones
Public Information Officer
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. Department of Justice

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