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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 7, 2017

Indictment Unsealed Charging Three Local Men with Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses in a School Zone

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BRANDON BUTLER, a/k/a “Pooh,” a/k/a “Pooh Milly;” JAMIRON BARNES, a/k/a “Miron,” a/k/a “Myron;” and SEAN BRIGGS, a/k/a “Big Sean,” a/k/a “Big C;” all from New Orleans, were charged in 12-count second superseding Indictment by a Federal Grand Jury last week. The second superseding Indictment was unsealed recently, as the newly indicted defendant, SEAN BRIGGS, was taken into custody by federal agents. The other defendants are already in federal custody.

 

According to the second superseding Indictment, BUTLER, BARNES, and BRIGGS are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, crack, and heroin and to possess firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime. The defendants came to the attention of the FBI’s New Orleans Gang Task Force violent crime initiative in NOPD’s Sixth Police District. Specifically, the defendants primarily operate in the 2400 block of Josephine Street which is within one block of the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School.

 

A list of the defendants, charges, and maximum penalties is attached.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that a second superseding Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

The second superseding Indictment is a product of an ongoing investigation into the drug trafficking and violent crime in New Orleans. It represents the continued coordinated anti-crime efforts of the federal and state law enforcement authorities, including the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Orleans Gang Task Force, the New Orleans Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Privitera is in charge of the prosecution.

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COUNT

DEFENDANT(S)

MAXIMUM PENALTY

Count 1

21 U.S.C. § 846

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride, Cocaine Base and Heroin

Brandon Butler

Jamiron Barnes

Sean Briggs

-0 to 20 years imprisonment

-not less than 3 years supervised release

-fine of up to $1,000,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 2

18 U.S.C. § 924(o)

Conspiracy to Possess Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Brandon Butler

Jamiron Barnes

Sean Briggs

-0 to 20 years imprisonment

-3 years supervised release

-fine of up to $250,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 3

21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C)

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride and Cocaine Base

Jamiron Barnes

Sean Briggs

-0 to 20 years imprisonment

-not less than 3 years supervised release

-fine of up to $1,000,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 4

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Jamiron Barnes

Sean Briggs

-5 years to life imprisonment (consecutive)

-not more than 5 years supervised release

-fine of up to $250,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 5

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Sean Briggs

-0 to 10 years imprisonment

-3 years supervised release

-fine of up to $250,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 6

21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C)

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride and Cocaine Base

Brandon Butler

 

-0 to 20 years imprisonment

-not less than 3 years supervised release

-fine of up to $1,000,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 7

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Brandon Butler

 

-5 years to life imprisonment

-not more than 5 years supervised release

-fine of up to $250,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 8

18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(A)

Possession of a Firearm in a School Zone

Brandon Butler

 

 

-0 to 5 years imprisonment

-not more than 1 year supervised release

-fine of up to $250,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 9

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C)

Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin

Sean Briggs

-0 to 20 years imprisonment

-not less than 3 years supervised release

-fine of up to $1,000,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 10

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)

Use, Carrying and Discharge of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Brandon Butler

 

-25 years to life imprisonment (consecutive)

-not more than 5 years supervised release

-fine of up to $250,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 11

21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C)

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base

Brandon Butler

 

-0 to 20 years imprisonment

-not less than 3 years supervised release

-fine of up to $1,000,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Count 12

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Brandon Butler

 

-25 years to life imprisonment (consecutive)

-not more than 5 years supervised release

-fine of up to $250,000

-$100 special assessment fee

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated August 8, 2017