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Avondale Drug Runner Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BRADLEY S. WILLIAMS, age 49, of Avondale, was sentenced today following his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine hydrochloride. On August 2, 2013, WILLIAMS was one of 15 defendants charged in a 17-count superseding indictment.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced WILLIAMS to a 78-month term of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

This case evolved from the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force investigation into the drug trafficking activities of BYRON EVANS. The investigation revealed that EVANS supplied kilogram quantities of heroin and cocaine to distributors located in the greater New Orleans area.  EVANS acquired both the heroin and cocaine that he supplied to his distributors from two Columbian foreign nationals, both illegally present in the United States, YULIAN GABRIEL VERA-OLIVEROS, a/k/a “Paco,” and EZEQUIEL PADILLA ROMERO, a/k/a “Alvaro Herney Cortes,” a/k/a “Cookie.”  One of the Columbians, ROMERO also pled guilty and acknowledged supplying EVANS not less than 10 kilograms of heroin for distribution.  EVANS typically had his runners transport his heroin and cocaine to New Orleans on what is known as the dollar bus/Megabus.  At times during the course of the conspiracy charged WILLIAMS transported heroin from Houston to New Orleans via the Megabus. WILLIAMS also acted as a street-level distributor of heroin for EVANS and supplied customers located in the Greater New Orleans area.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney J. Collin Sims is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated December 4, 2014