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Federal Grand Jury Indicts New Orleans Man for Drug and Gun Offenses

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DAVID SCOTT, age 19, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on August 24, 2023 in a previously sealed two-count indictment, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.  Count 1 charged SCOTT with possession with intent to distribute tapentadol, pursuant to Title 21 United States Code Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C).  Count 2 charged SCOTT with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, pursuant to Title 18 United States Code Section 924(c).

If convicted of Count 1, SCOTT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, up to a $1,000,000 fine, at least 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.  If convicted of Count 2, SCOTT faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to life imprisonment, to run consecutively to all other sentences, up to a $250,000 fine, up to five years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Dawkins of the Violent Crime Unit is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated September 1, 2023

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