New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that EARL BROWN, age 31, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
BROWN was one of eight defendants charged in a 21-count Superseding Indictment on September 18, 2015. According to court documents, this Superseding Indictment resulted from an FBI investigation into a heroin-trafficking organization operating primarily around Loyola Avenue and Harmony Street in Central City. The sources of heroin for this organization traveled via Megabus from Houston to New Orleans, carrying half-kilogram quantities of heroin for distribution in the New Orleans area.
BROWN is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, as well as a possible fine of up to $1,000,000. U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier will sentence BROWN on January 12, 2017.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force (NOGTF), Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Long is in charge of the prosecution.