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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun and Drug Offenses

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA KEITH BOURGEOIS pled guilty on May 18, 2023 to violating the Federal Controlled Substances and Gun Control Acts before United States District Judge Eldon Fallon, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court records, on April 21, 2022, law enforcement executed a search warrant of BOURGEOIS’s residence.  During the search, agents seized drug paraphernalia from the apartment, including scales, packaging material, and razor blades.  Agents also seized 27.054 grams of cocaine base and .645 grams of fentanyl from inside the apartment.  Law enforcement also seized four firearms, several boxes of ammunition, and several thousand dollars in cash. 

BOURGEOIS pled guilty to Count 1 of the superseding bill of information, that  charged him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine base in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C).  BOURGEOIS also pled guilty to Count 2, that  charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).

For Count 1, BOURGEOIS faces a maximum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a period of at least 3 years of supervised release.  For Count 2, BOURGEOIS faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and a period of up to 3 years of supervised release.  For each count, BOURGEOIS also faces payment of $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

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 agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisiana State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan L. Shih, Melissa Bücher, Rachal Cassagne, and Lynn Schiffman of the Narcotics Unit.                                       

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Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated May 22, 2023

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