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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
Friday, June 16, 2023

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

NEW ORLEANS – KENNETH MUSE, age 24, of New Orleans, was sentenced on June 13, 2023 by United States District Judge Jay C. Zainey for violations of the Controlled Substances and Gun Control Acts, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court records, MUSE admitted to possessing a machinegun as well as tramadol pills that he had been selling. The gun MUSE possessed had been equipped with a “Glock switch,” transforming the normally semi-automatic pistol into fully automatic. Specifically, MUSE admitted to deputies that he possessed the tramadol with the intent to distribute, that he possessed the gun in furtherance of drug trafficking, and that he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Judge Zainey sentenced MUSE to fifteen years in the Bureau of Prisons, five years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment, and a $300 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 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, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney David Haller of the Violent Crime Unit is in charge of the prosecution.

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