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Man Sentenced to Gun Charge, Drug Conspiracy, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin

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

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that KEVIN SAM, age 43, of New Orleans, was sentenced today, by the Honorable Susie Morgan, United States District Court Judge, to a 105 month term of imprisonment, to be followed a three year period of supervised release.  On March 19, 2018, SAM plead guilty to a Superseding Bill of Information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to court documents, SAM was the target of a narcotics investigation that was investigated by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Members of the FBI received information that SAM was selling heroin from his residence, located in the 1300 block of Reyes Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Agents obtained a search warrant of SAM’s residence and located multiple bags of heroin that were packaged for sale.  A pistol was also located inside of the residence.  SAM, a convicted felon, is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  At the time of his arrest, agents, while conducting a pat down of SAM, located additional individually wrapped bags of heroin inside of SAM’s clothing.

In August of 2017, SAM was sentenced to serve 120 month term of imprisonment for his role in a drug conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas (Beaumont Division). The sentence imposed today will run concurrent with the Texas sentence.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safe for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany L. Reed is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 28, 2018

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