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Hollygrove Man Sentenced for Drug, Carjacking, and Firearm Violations

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – BRIAN JONES (JONES), a/k/a “Turk,” age 26, was sentenced in federal court today to 30 years imprisonment for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act ,Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846, carjacking,  Title 21 United States Code, Section 2119, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, Title 21 United States Code Section 924(c)(1)(A)(iii)JONES previously pled  guilty to a three count  second superseding indictment. on October 19, 2021

According to court documents, in 2017 and 2018, JONES and his co-conspirators sold drugs in the Hollygrove area of New Orleans in and around a neighborhood corner-store.

In October 2017, JONES pistol-whipped and shot a victim multiple times from point blank range, and then ran the victim over with a car.  The victim survived. 

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.

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

Updated April 27, 2022

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