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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Conspiracy and Firearms Charges

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that GERARD HARRISON, age 31, of New Orleans, pled guilty to violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act and the federal Gun Control Act. 

On June 13, 2019, HARRISON pled guilty to a two-count bill of information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one hundred grams or more of heroin and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  According to court documents, federal agents intercepted wiretapped calls involving HARRISON and surveilled him as he conducted drug transactions.  Law enforcement agents also executed a search warrant at HARRISON’s home, and recovered an assault rifle, a large capacity magazine, and bags of heroin.

For his violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act, HARRISON faces a minimum term of five years and a maximum term of forty years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, not less than four years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.  Additionally, for his violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, HARRISON faces a consecutive sentence of not less than five years imprisonment up to life imprisonment, not less than 5 years of supervised release, a fine of not more than $250,000, and a $100 special assessment. U.S. District Court Judge Ashe set sentencing for September 19, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan L. Shih and Maria M. Carboni are in charge of the prosecution.

 

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Updated June 19, 2019