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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Conspiracy

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

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JORGE BOLANOS, age 33, of New Orleans, has pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or more of Cocaine. 

JORGE BOLANOS admitted that in April 2017, he attempted to purchase approximately one kilogram of cocaine hydrochloride from co-defendant LEONARDO CASTILLO.  Co-defendant GABRIEL CARRETO-SANCHEZ received that cocaine from CASTILLO in Houston, Texas, intending to transport it to BOLANOS in New Orleans.  However, CARRETO-SANCHEZ was stopped by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the way back to New Orleans.  FBI Agents searched CARRETO-SANCHEZ’s vehicle and seized the kilogram of cocaine hidden inside the vehicle. 

JORGE BOLANOS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, and a maximum term of imprisonment of forty years, a fine of up to $5,000,000, at least four years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated May 18, 2018

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