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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Convicted Felon, Melvin James, Jr., Indicted For Possession Of Heroin And Firearms

MELVIN JAMES, JR., a 43-year old resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged today in a three-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for his possession with intent to distribute 98 grams of heroin, being a convicted felon in possession of four firearms, and possessing those firearms in furtherance of narcotics trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to the indictment, JAMES was arrested following an attempt to sell heroin in Slidell, Louisiana.  A search of his residence in New Orleans, Louisiana uncovered 98 grams of heroin, digital scales, products used to “cut” the heroin prior to distribution, over $3,000 in U.S. currency, marijuana, and other tools of the narcotics trafficking trade including four firearms of various makes and calibers.

If convicted of the possession with intent to distribute heroin charges, JAMES. faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a three year term of supervised release.  If convicted of the felon in possession of a firearm charge, JAMES faces a maximum penalty of eight years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a three year term of supervised release.  JAMES faces additional penalties for the possession of firearms in furtherance of narcotics trafficking charge of up to a term of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a five year term of supervised release.

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

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