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Hollygrove Man Sentenced to 36 Months for Selling Narcotics

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced LANCE COLLINS, age 31, a resident of New Orleans, to 36 months in the Bureau of Prisons for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 841 and 846. COLLINS will be on four (4) years of Supervised Release following his release from prison.

COLLINS pleaded guilty on January 10, 2020, to conspiring to distribute heroin with members of a drug trafficking organization based in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, that operated in and around a corner grocery store.  COLLINS was intercepted on an FBI wiretap arranging to sell heroin to his co-conspirators.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Orleans Gang Task Force.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Myles Ranier and Kathryn McHugh.

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Updated July 1, 2020

Drug Trafficking