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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Today, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ALFRED CLAY, age 59, a resident of New Orleans, pled guilty on September 27, 2023 before United States District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to a two-count indictment.  Count One charged CLAY with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride.  Count Two charged CLAY with possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. 

According to court documents, CLAY and other co-conspirators are responsible for the distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin within the Eastern District of Louisiana.

During the investigation, law enforcement, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, seized over forty (40) kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, six (6) kilograms of frntanyl, four ans a half (4.5) kilograms of heroin and nearly $700,000.00 in U.S. Currency and other seized property.

As to each of the two charged counts, CLAY faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years up to a maximum term of life, a fine of up to $10,000,000.00, at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.   

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

This investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration – New Orleans Field Division Office and was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Border Patrol, the Gretna Major Crimes Task Force, the Kenner Police Department, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the St. John’s Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the New Orleans Police Department.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Lynn E. Schiffman of the Narcotics Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated September 29, 2023

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