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Felon Sentenced to 70 Months for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Charges

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

NEW ORLEANS, LA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DESEAN CHRISTY, age 38, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday for violating the Federal Gun Control Act, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2), and 924(c)(1)(A), and the Federal Drug Control Act, Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C). CHRISTY was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and $300 total in mandatory special assessment fees.

The sentence is pursuant to CHRISTY’s federal conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base in New Orleans. The sentence also covers his convictions for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime because he had a Glock Model 22 semi-automatic handgun at the time of his arrest. CHRISTY was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to his criminal history. According to court documents, CHRISTY was previously convicted of attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of heroin, and possession of cocaine.

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. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Dustin Strauss of the Violent Crimes Unit.

Updated February 17, 2023

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