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March 26, 2010

MARKELL LEBLANC, age 25, was sentenced yesterday to twenty (20) years (240 months) in federal prison, and DAVID REEDER, age 25, both residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced to eight (8) years (96 months) in federal prison for their roles in a drug conspiracy, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the terms of imprisonment, LEBLANC was ordered to serve ten (10) years of supervised release and REEDER was ordered to serve three (3) years of supervised release, during which time the defendants will be under federal supervision and risk additionally imprisonment should they violate their terms of release.

According to court documents, on September 21, 2009, LEBLANC pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of marijuana; as well as a one count Bill of Information charging him with a prior drug conviction. On December 9, 2009, DAVID REEDER, pled guilty to the illegal use of a communication facility as well as a one count Bill of Information charging him with a prior drug conviction. The defendants admitted that they were involved an ongoing drug conspiracy dating back to at least July 22, 2007. Also according to court documents, LEBLANC was also the subject of a second ATF investigation in the Gert Town area in which he sold crack and heroin on several occasions to undercover Agents.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and New Orleans Police Department. This prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr, and Brian J. Capitelli.



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