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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
For Immediate Release
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-edla
Monday, May 13, 2024

Slidell Man Indicted for Manufacturing Explosive Materials Without a License and Unlawful Storage of Explosive Material

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DEVIN JUNEAU (JUNEAU), age 38, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana was charged on May 9, 2024 by a federal grand jury in a four-count indictment announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Counts 1, 2, and 3 charges him with engaging in the business of manufacturing and dealing in explosive materials without a license, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 842(a)(1) and 844(a)(1). Count 4 charges him with improper storage of explosive materials, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 842(j) and 844(b), and Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 555.201, et seq.

If convicted, JUNEAU faces up to 10 years of imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release for Counts 1, 2, and 3, and up to 1 year of imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release for Count 4. JUNEAU also faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee as to all 4 counts.

According to court documents, on February 6, 2024, March 6, 2024, and May 1, 2024, JUNEAU manufactured and sold explosive materials without a license, and did not store the explosive materials as required by law.

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.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Troy Bell of the Violent Crime Unit.

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