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Houston Man Sentenced for Heroin Conspiracy

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

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on March 18, 2021, CARLOS ALBERTO GONZALES VALENCIA, age 38, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced by United States District Judge Barry W. Ashe after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.

According to court documents, VALENCIA and others conspired to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin between sometime prior to July 19, 2017 and on or about June 29, 2018.

United States District Court Judge Ashe sentenced VALENCIA to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release.  The Court also imposed a $100 mandatory special assessment. 

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Maria Carboni and Jonathan L. Shih were in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated March 25, 2021

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