Kirk Jenkins Indicted For Violations Of The Federal Controlled Substances Act And Federal Gun Control Act
KIRK JENKINS, age 39, a resident of New Sarpy, Louisiana, was charged today in a 3-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for distribution of heroin and illegal possession of firearms, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
According to the indictment, on January 14, 2013, and March 6, 2013, JENKINS distributed quantities of heroin. The indictment further charges that on March 14, 2013, JENKINS possessed a High Point .40 caliber, semiautomatic pistol and a Ruger .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol. According to the indictment, JENKINS was prohibited from possessing the firearms because he had a previous felony conviction in 2002 for possession of heroin in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. Under federal law it is illegal for anyone who has been previously convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.
If convicted on the heroin distribution, Counts 1 and 2 of the indictment, JENKINS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, a $1,000,000 fine, a minimum of 3 years supervised release, and $100 special assessment fee. If convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Count 3 of the indictment, JENKINS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and $100 special assessment fee.
U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisiana State Police and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Nolan D. Paige.