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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jury Convicts Hammond Resident for Gun and Drug Violations

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, a jury convicted MELVIN JACKSON, age 34, of Hammond, of violations of federal drug and firearms laws.

After a two-day trial, the jury returned a guilty verdict on all three counts charged in the Indictment: conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute over one kilogram of heroin; felon in possession of a firearm; and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.

JACKSON faces a minimum sentence of ten years’ incarceration, and a maximum of life imprisonment.  U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. set sentencing for August 12, 2015. 

U.S. Attorney Polite commended the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Maurice Landrieu and Brandon Long were responsible for the prosecution.

Updated April 30, 2015