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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
Thursday, May 9, 2024

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Narcotics and Firearm Violations

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DARRAN BOYKINS, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced on May 2, 2024, by U.S. Chief District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown, to 57 months incarceration after previously pleading guilty to Count 1 of an indictment. Chief Judge Brown also ordered that BOYKINS be placed on supervised release following 3 years of imprisonment. BOYKINS must also pay a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

Count 1 charged BOYKINS with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

According to court documents, on March 20, 2021, New Orleans Police Department officers responded to an aggravated assault with a firearm at a residence in the Seventh Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. During the investigation, officers discovered ammunition in a dresser in the residence, along with BOYKINS’s Louisiana identification card. BOYKINS had prior felony convictions punishable by a term of imprisonment in excess of one year, that made his ammunition possession illegal. Most recently, BOYKINS was convicted on January 23, 2019, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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 and the New Orleans Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Dawkins of the Violent Crime Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

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