TWO NEW ORLEANS MEN INDICTED ON DRUG CONSPIRACY, FEDERAL MURDER AND GUN CONSPIRACY CHARGES
NEW ORLEANS WOMAN INDICTED ON DRUG AND GUN CONSPIRACY CHARGES, FALSE STATEMENT AND TELEPHONE COUNT
GREGORY J. STEWART, age 20; EVANS LEWIS, age 20; and VANITY VINCENT, age 23, were indicted by a federal Grand Jury on counts involving violations of the federal controlled substances act and federal gun control act, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. The indictment was the third superseding indictment following a multi-year investigation into the distribution of heroin and illegal firearm activities in the New Orleans areas. In previous indictments, eight other defendants have been charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, and telephone counts.
According to the third superseding indictment, beginning at a time unknown but prior to on or about December 2008, in the Eastern District of Louisiana, and continuing through June 20, 2011, STEWART, LEWIS, and VINCENT did knowingly and intentionally conspire and agree to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin. The third superseding indictment also charges the defendants, STEWART, LEWIS, and VINCENT with conspiring to possess firearms in connection with a drug trafficking offense. STEWART and LEWIS are charged in a separate count with committing murder with a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. VINCENT is also charged with using a telephone in furtherance of a drug conspiracy and lying to federal agents.
The heroin conspiracy count carries a maximum term of life imprisonment, a fine of $10,000,000, and a minimum of five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. The gun conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and supervised release of three (3) years following any term of imprisonment. The murder count carries a minimum of life imprisonment and possible imposition of the death penalty. The telephone count carries a maximum term of imprisonment of four (4) years, a fine of up to $250,000 and one (1) year of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. The false statement count carries a maximum term of five (5) years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and a period of one (1) year of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Each defendant is subject to a mandatory special assessment of $100.00 as to each count in which they are charged.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation is being conducted by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the New Orleans Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Sharan Lieberman and Maurice Landrieu.
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