NEW ORLEANS MAN SENTENCED TO FIFTEEN YEARS FOR VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL DRUG AND GUN LAWS
JIMMY ISAAC, age 22, resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today in federal court by the Honorable Judge Stanwood Duvall to fifteen (15) years in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, the defendant was ordered to serve five (5) years supervised release following imprisonment, during which time he will be under federal supervision and risks additional imprisonment should he violate any terms of the release.
ISAAC was charged with fourteen other individuals on January 29, 2010 with federal drug and firearms violations by way of a superceding indictment which charged him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride. ISAAC pled guilty on June 9, 2010 admitting that he distributed heroin in the driveways of the B.W. Cooper Public Housing Development.
ISAAC’s co-defendants Landry Grandison, William Stevenson, Michael Pinkney, and Michael Minor have also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and will be sentenced later this year. Co-defendant Generio Allen remains a fugitive. The remaining defendants are scheduled for trial on October 25, 2010.
The case was investigated by DEA in collaboration with the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force (HIDTA) and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
The HIDTA Task Force is led by DEA and includes a team of dedicated investigators from the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. OCDETF is an important program which targets the most significant drug trafficking organizations within the United States, as well as those outside of the United States borders that impact drug trafficking within the United States. Also assisting in the enforcement operations were the Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
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