New Orleans Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Interstate Heroin Case
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LARRY DUPOR, age 44, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and one count of attempted distribution of 100 grams or more heroin.
U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced DUPOR to 120 months imprisonment on the drug conspiracy and 60 months on the attempted distribution charge, to run concurrently. DUPOR was also placed on 5 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.
According to court records, during a traffic stop of a Fiat on Interstate-10 East in Calcasieu Parish, law enforcement officers found four packages of heroin weighing approximately one kilogram in total. The driver admitted that DUPOR had paid her $1,000 in cash to transport the heroin from Houston, where DUPOR was residing at the time, to Lejeune HARRIS at a car wash in New Orleans East. During the course of the conspiracy, from August 1, 2014 through May 1, 2015, DUPOR directed the driver to deliver heroin from him in Texas to HARRIS in New Orleans approximately two to three times per month.
After the traffic stop, the driver agreed to assist law enforcement by following through with a delivery of ‘sham’ heroin to HARRIS. While under law enforcement surveillance, the driver received a text from DUPOR directing her to deliver the ‘sham’ packages weighing approximately 750 kilograms in total to HARRIS. The driver was met by HARRIS, who took the packages and handed the driver $2,000 in cash. HARRIS entered the car wash office and was detained by surveillance agents. Agents obtained a search warrant for the car wash office and recovered an additional 479 grams of heroin in a hidden area where HARRIS had stored the three packages of ‘sham’ heroin.
HARRIS pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more heroin, and attempted distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin. On March 16, 2017, HARRIS was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment on the drug conspiracy and 120 months each on the possession and attempted possession charges, to run concurrently.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael B. Redmann and Shirin Hakimzadeh were in charge of the prosecution.