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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New Orleans East Resident Sentenced In Conspiracy to Sell Heroin and Fentanyl

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that LANCE STOVALL, a/k/a “Lele,” a/k/a “Allen,” age 29, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl. 

United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced STOVALL to 108 months of imprisonment followed by 4 years of supervised release. 

According to court records, during the timeframe of the charged drug conspiracy, STOVALL conspired with codefendants Jonathan LAWRENCE, Brandon HALL, Dwayne LABRANCH, Aloysius KORIEOCHA, Brian MAXSON, Donald MARCELIN, Vonzo MAGEE, and others, to distribute heroin and fentanyl throughout the New Orleans area.  These individuals were members of a drug-trafficking organization that operated primarily in the Eastside Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans.  Collectively, the group referred to their neighborhood as “The Zoo,” a name derived from a popular rap song and video filmed in the neighborhood.  Each of the eight defendants has been linked to drug activity in Eastside Hollygrove through law enforcement controlled purchases, Title III wire and electronic interceptions, witness statements, drug seizures, and other evidence.  Each of the eight defendants in this case has pleaded guilty.  Thus far, MARCELIN, KORIEOCHA, HALL, LABRANCH, and STOVALL have been sentenced. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force (NOGFT), which led this investigation and was assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorneys Brandon S. Long, David Haller, and Edward Rivera are in charge of the prosecution.   

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Updated August 21, 2019