TWO ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF VIOLENT “JOSEPHINE DOG POUND” PLEAD GUILTY TO DRUG AND RICO CHARGES
COREY OLIVER, age 22, and JEROME SIMMONS, age 24, both of New Orleans pled guilty in federal court before the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. OLIVER pled guilty to Count 2 of a Superseding Indictment. SIMMONS pled guilty to Count 19 of the Superseding Indictment.
Count 2 charged OLIVER with conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride, heroin, and marijuana. As to Count 2, OLIVER faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty (20) years and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, since he has a prior felony drug conviction. Additionally, OLIVER faces a maximum fine of $4 million.
Count 19 charged SIMMONS with assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering. As to Count 19, SIMMONS faces a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Following imprisonment, SIMMONS will be placed on a term of supervised release for a period of not more than five (5) years.
Sentencing for OLIVER and SIMMONS is schedule for September 16, 2011.
This indictment arose from an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) that targeted an area in New Orleans which exhibited a disproportionate amount of violent crimes and narcotics trafficking. During the course of the investigation, specific individuals were identified as the main perpetrators of many of the violent acts and the narcotics distribution. The superseding indictment charged MICHAEL ANDERSON, HAROLD JONES, THERON JONES, JEREMIAH MILLRO, COREY OLIVER, DARRYL SHIELDS, JEROME SIMMONS and TONY SIMMONS, for their involvement in a racketeering enterprise, sometimes referred to as the “Josephine Dog Pound.” .
On March 18, 2011, Michael Anderson pled guilty in federal court to Counts 1, 2 and 6 of a Superseding Indictment which charged him with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and the Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering Act. On March 21, 2011, Anderson entered a plea of nolo contendere to five counts of manslaughter in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court before the Honorable Lynda Van Davis.
On April 27, 2011, Theron Jones and Jeremiah Millro pled guilty in federal court to various violations of the RICO Act, the Federal Controlled Substances Act, the Federal Gun Control Act and the Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering Act.
On May 27, 2011, Tony Simmons pled guilty to Count 1, 2, 7 and 18 of the Superseding Indictment. On that same day, Harold Jones pled guilty to Counts 1, 2 and 5 of the Superseding Indictment.
Darryl Shields is scheduled to go to trial on September 19, 2011.
The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and by the New Orleans Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Privitera and Maurice Landrieu.
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