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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, April 15, 2024

Jefferson Parish Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Controlled Substances Act Violations

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – RODNEY COOPER, age 33, a resident of Metairie,  pleaded guilty on April 11, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Jane T. Milazzo to conspiracy to distribute and, possess with intent to distribute, heroin, tapentadol, and marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C), 841(b)(1)(D), and 846; and possession with intent to distribute those substances, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C), and 841(b)(1)(D).

According to court documents, on January 6, 2022, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) conducted surveillance in the 500 block of N. Elm Street in Metairie.  COOPER was observed selling drugs, both individually and with his co-conspirators, to arriving customers.  When JPSO detectives made contact with COOPER, he fled and discarded a backpack containing heroin, tapentadol, and marijuana.

COOPER faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, a minimum of three years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee on each count.

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.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crime Unit.

Shane Jones

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office 

Eastern District of Louisiana

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