Metairie Man Indicted for Violations of Federal Drug and Gun Violations
OCT 02-- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -ENRICO “RICKY” BRUNO, age 39, of Metairie, Louisiana was charged today in an eight count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute over 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, on September 23, 2001 in a previous case prosecuted in the Eastern District of Louisiana, BRUNO was convicted for possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride. The indictment also alleges that BRUNO, as a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm on two separate occasions.
In light of BRUNO’s prior drug felony conviction, BRUNO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of life and mandatory minimum term of ten (10) years, a fine of $4,000,000 and at least eight (8) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Jim Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation was conducted by Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Brian J. Capitelli.