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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2012

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Christman, Public Information Officer
(504) 680-3171

A New Orleans Man Indicted for Federal Drug and Gun Violations

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — DAMIEN C. DODSON, age 31, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged today in a three–count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and the illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the indictment, DODSON had previous convictions in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in 2008 for the attempted possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and the possession of cocaine. Under federal law, DODSON’s 2008 convictions prevented him from lawfully possessing firearms on October 18, 2011 as charged in the indictment.

If convicted of all three counts, DAMIEN C. DODSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of forty–five (45) years, maximum fines of $2,500,000, and six (6) years of supervised released with a mandatory assessment of $300.

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

The case was investigated by Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Orleans Police Department and the Louisiana Probation and Parole Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Abe McGull.