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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Gretna Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on October 28, 2021, DASHAWN LEWIS, age 43, of Gretna, was sentenced by United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon after previously pleading guilty to drug offenses. 

Specifically, LEWIS previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), and 846. 

According to court records, LEWIS and others conspired to distribute heroin in the New Orleans metropolitan area and elsewhere. 

Judge Fallon sentenced LEWIS to a term of imprisonment of 60 months, 4 years of supervised release and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee. 

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”). OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Privitera and Jonathan L. Shih are in charge of the prosecution.

 

Updated November 4, 2021