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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Eastside Hollygrove Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Violations

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BRIAN MAXSON, aka “Chin,” age 34, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to one count of conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.  MAXSON also pled guilty to one count of conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of his drug-trafficking activities. 

On MAXSON’s drug conspiracy count, MAXSON is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, a maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a possible fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release upon his release from prison.  On the firearm count, MAXSON is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than three years of supervised release. 

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance will sentence MAXSON on August 8, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force (NOGFT), which led this investigation and was assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorneys Brandon S. Long, David Haller, and Edward Rivera are in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated April 5, 2018