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Colombian From Houston Sentenced for Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced EDER QUINONES, age 36, a Colombian citizen who was living in Houston, Texas, on November 3, 2021 to 75 months in the Bureau of Prisons for violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to the court records, QUINONES conspired to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute a kilogram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin.  QUINONES admitted to being the source of supply for a high-level drug trafficker who was moving kilogram quantities of heroin from Houston to New Orleans and serving as a high-level supplier for New Orleans.  QUINONES acknowledged being captured on recorded calls as part of a lengthy Title III wire intercept and being arrested by the FBI in possession of a kilogram he was attempting to deliver to a New Orleans dealer.  QUINONES admitted that he trafficked between 10 and 30 kilograms of heroin as part of the conspiracy.

United States District Judge Vance sentenced QUINONES to 75 months in the Bureau of Prisons to be followed by three years of supervised release.  QUINONES was also ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller.

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Updated November 4, 2021

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