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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2019

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that STEVEN DUNCAN, age 46, of New Orleans, pled guilty on November 14, 2019 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846. 

According to court documents, in February 2018, STEVEN DUNCAN agreed to purchase heroin from two Houston-based suppliers, Carlos Gonzales Valencia and Alexander Muriel-Diaz. 

STEVEN DUNCAN faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment, and a maximum term of imprisonment of life, a fine of up to $10,000,000, at least five years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this case.  Assistant United States Attorneys Maria M. Carboni and Jonathan L. Shih are in charge of the prosecution.

 

Updated November 15, 2019