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New Orleans Man Indicted for Federal Gun and Drug Offenses

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANACYRIL HOFFMAN, JR., age 24, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on July 20, 2023 in a six-count indictment for violating the Federal Gun Control and Federal Controlled Substances Acts, announced United States Attorney Duane A. Evans. The indictment was unsealed on July 26, 2023.

HOFFMAN is charged in Counts 1 and 4 with possession with intent to distribute marijuana in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(D). He is charged in Counts 2 and 5 with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). He is charged in Counts 3 and 6 with receipt of a firearm while under indictment in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(n) and 924(a)(1)(D).

As to Counts 1 and 4, HOFFMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, up to a $250,000 fine, and at least two years of supervised release. As to Counts 2 and 5, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to life imprisonment, which is to run consecutively to all other sentences, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release. As to Counts 3 and 6 he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release. Each count also carries a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane Jones 

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office 

Eastern District of Louisiana

Updated July 31, 2023

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