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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, March 4, 2024

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Narcotics and Firearm Violations

NEW ORLEANS — Tory Duncan, age 29, of New Orleans, was sentenced on Feb. 28 by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, to 144 months incarceration after previously pleading guilty to Counts 4 and 5 of a superseding indictment. Judge Milazzo also ordered that Duncan be placed on supervised release for five years following release from imprisonment and a pay a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

According to court records, on March 24, 2022, members of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to an anonymous tip of a man carrying a firearm in the River Garden neighborhood. Upon arrival at the 1900 block of St. Thomas Street, officers observed Duncan who then fled. Duncan jumped a fence with a black semi-automatic firearm in hand and ran to a nearby parking lot where he was caught and arrested by police. The officers recovered the firearm, a Glock Model 29, 10-millimeter pistol; $2,029 in U.S. currency; and a vehicle key fob from Duncan. The vehicle key fob corresponded to a gray Infiniti sedan in the parking lot where officers initially encountered Duncan. After searching the Infiniti, the officers discovered and seized 78.66 grams of fentanyl, 1002 multi-colored pills found to contain methamphetamine, 35 pills of Oxycodone, a digital scale, razor blades, loose plastic bags and paperwork bearing Duncan's name.

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.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the NOPD. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Dawkins of the Violent Crime Unit.


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