Two members of violent “Josephine Dog Pound” sentenced in federal court
COREY OLIVER, age 22, and JEROME SIMMONS, age 24, both of New Orleans, Louisiana were sentenced today in federal court by the U. S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
OLIVER pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride, heroin, and marijuana and was sentenced to twenty (20) years imprisonment.
SIMMONS pled guilty to assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering and was sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment.
This prosecution 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 the their involvement in a racketeering enterprise, sometimes referred to as the “Josephine Dog Pound.” All members of the organization engaged in, among other things, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.
All eight (8) defendants have pled guilty.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and by the New Orleans Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Privitera.
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