New Orleans Man Indicted for Violations of Federal Firearms and Drug Laws
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - BURNEAL CARNEY, age 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was indicted today in a three-count indictment by a federal grand jury for violations of the Federal Gun Control and Federal Controlled Substances Acts announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Specifically, CARNEY is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C), and 841(b)(1)(D); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(i); and being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).
If convicted of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, CARNEY faces a maximum of twenty (20) years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000.00 fine, and at least three (3) years of supervised release. If convicted of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, he faces a penalty of at least five years up to life imprisonment which must run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment , a fine of up to $250,000.00, and up to five (5) years of supervised release. If convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, he faces a maximum of fifteen (15) years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three (3) years of supervised release. Additionally, he also faces payment of a $100.00 mandatory special assessment fee for each charged count.
United States Attorney Evans stated 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.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Irene González of the General Crimes Unit is charge of the prosecution.
Shane M. Jones
Public Information Officer
United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana
United States Department of Justice
Updated April 21, 2023
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