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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Weapons Violations

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –DANTE FRAZIER, age 33, a resident of New Orleans, pleaded guilty on May 9, 2024 before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), and 841(b)(1)(C); and being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers responded to an emergency call and found FRAZIER passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. After becoming aware of NOPD’s presence, FRAZIER drove into the neutral ground on Saint Claude Avenue, struck a median, and then drove into a gas station parking lot and fled on foot. While fleeing from NOPD, FRAZIER fired five shots from a firearm and then hid underneath a nearby house. NOPD officers located FRAZIER shortly after the pursuit. Inside his vehicle NOPD found over 50 grams of methamphetamine and 14 grams of cocaine, which FRAZIER intended to distribute. Before his instant arrest, FRAZIER had been convicted of three counts of armed robbery and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Related to his narcotics charges, FRAZIER faces a minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years of supervised release, and up to a $5,000,000 fine. As for his firearm charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine. Each count also carries a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

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.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crime Unit.

Contact

Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated May 13, 2024

Topic
Project Safe Neighborhoods