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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
For Immediate Release
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-edla
Friday, July 7, 2023

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Drug Premises

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – On July 7, 2023, RYAN NEGROTTO, age 43 of New Orleans, pled guilty in federal court to all counts with which he was charged in a superseding indictment, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

Count 1 charged NEGROTTO with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846.

Count 2 charged NEGROTTO with distribution and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), and 18 U.S.C § 2. Count 3 charged NEGROTTO with distribution and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 18 U.S.C § 2. Count 4 charged NEGROTTO with distribution of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 18 U.S.C § 2.

Count 5 and Count 7 charged NEGROTTO with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C § 924(c)(1)(A)(i).

Count 6 charged NEGROTTO with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B).

Finally, Count 8 charged NEGROTTO with using or maintaining a drug premises in violation of 21 U.S.C § 856(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C § 2.

As to Counts 1, 3, 4, and 6, NEGROTTO faces a minimum imprisonment term of 10 years up to a maximum term of life, a fine of up to $10 million, and at least 5 years of supervised release.

As to Count 2, NEGROTTO faces a minimum imprisonment term of 5 years, up to a maximum of 40 years, a fine of up to $5 million, and at least 4 years of supervised release.

As to Counts 5 and 7, NEGROTTO faces a minimum, term of imprisonment of 5 years, up to a maximum term of life, a fine up to $250,000, and up to 5 years of supervised release.

Finally, as to Count 8, NEGROTTO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, a fine up to $500,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.

As to each charged count, NEGROTTO faces payment of a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

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 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Mike Trummel of the Violent Crime Unit is handling the prosecution.

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