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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that GABRIEL CARRETO-SANCHEZ, age 41, of New Orleans, has pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or more of Cocaine, and one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute One Kilogram or more of Cocaine.  The defendant faces a sentence of between five and forty years imprisonment. 

CARRETO-SANCHEZ admitted that in April 2017, he traveled from New Orleans to Houston, Texas to receive approximately one kilogram of cocaine hydrochloride from a supplier.  Subsequently, as he was returning to New Orleans, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) conducted a stop of his vehicle and seized the kilogram of cocaine hidden inside the vehicle. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in investigating this matter.  The prosecution of this case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan L. Shih.

Updated February 7, 2018