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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New Orleans Man Charged in Heroin Conspiracy, Including Distributing Heroin which Caused the Death of a 33 Year Old Man

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JARON BIAS, age 25, of New Orleans, has been charged in a multiple count indictment which charges him in a heroin conspiracy for distributing heroin in the Black Pearl neighborhood in New Orleans and in Jefferson Parish.

According to court documents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating BIAS in August 2017 when the agency received information from an informant that BIAS was selling large quantities of heroin.  The government has charged BIAS with distributing a kilogram of heroin over the span of the conspiracy. The government also charged BIAS with distributing heroin that caused the death of a 33 year old man in 2015.  If convicted of this charge, BIAS faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany L. Reed is in charge of the prosecution.



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Updated February 1, 2018