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Houma Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Federal Drug and Gun Crimes

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JOSHUA BOGEN, age 32, a resident of Houma, Louisiana, was sentenced on August 23, 2023 to 252 months imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, and a $400 mandatory special assessment fee, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.  BOGEN previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the commission of a drug trafficking offense, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii), felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), and assaulting a federal officer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(b).

According to court documents, on October 18, 2021, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents received information that BOGEN, a convicted felon, would be transporting approximately two pounds of crystal methamphetamine from Houma, Louisiana to a residence in New Orleans to conduct a drug deal.  Upon arriving at the residence, BOGEN got out of his vehicle carrying a large bag containing 1009.9 grams of pure methamphetamine and a Glock Model 26, Gen 4, nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, that had  a round in the chamber.  DEA agents then turned on their surveillance unit’s flashing blue lights and began to exit the vehicle.  Immediately after an agent opened their door, BOGEN brandished his handgun and pointed it directly at one of the agents.  Agents then moved to take cover at the rear of the unit and one shot was fired in BOGEN’s direction.  BOGEN, who was not wounded, then threw the handgun and the large bag of methamphetamine over the fence that lined the driveway of the residence and surrendered.

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.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney J. Benjamin Myers of Narcotics Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated August 24, 2023

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