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Chalmette Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MARQUIS JOHNSON, age 32, of Chalmette, pled guilty today to an indictment charging him with four violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

According to court records, JOHNSON conspired with others to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute a quantity of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I drug controlled substance and a substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, a Scheduled II drug controlled substance.  In addition to the conspiracy, JOHNSON pled guilty to three substantive distributions of heroin or cocaine base.  

On each of the charges, JOHNSON faces a sentence of up to twenty years imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000,000, a three year term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.  U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing on June 15, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney David Haller is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated March 15, 2016

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