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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Arizona Man Indicted After Traveling from Arizona to New Orleans on Amtrak Train with Heroin

ADRIAN F. DANIEL, 24, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, was indicted on the charge of possession with intent distribute one kilogram or more of heroin announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. 

According to court documents, a detective of the Amtrak Police Department reviewed the manifests for incoming passengers to the Amtrak Station in New Orleans and noticed DANIEL’S train travel patterns.    Specifically, the detective noticed that beginning in January 2018, DANIEL made multiple train trips from Tucson, Arizona to New Orleans.  The trips were paid for in cash and were usually booked the day before DANIEL’S departure from Tucson.  Also, DANIEL used a different telephone number each time he booked a reservation.

When the train arrived at the station, the detective approached DANIEL and asked to speak to him.  DANIEL agreed to speak and became noticeably nervous.  When questioned about his prior train trips, DANIEL lied about the frequency of the trips further arousing suspicions. 

The detective asked to search DANIEL’S bags and DANIEL consented.  Among DANIEL’S belongings were bags containing approximately 2.6 kilograms of heroin.

DANIEL faces a minimum of ten years’ imprisonment, a maximum term of life imprisonment, and a fine of $10,000,000.00. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police, and the Amtrak Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 29, 2018