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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Drug and Gun Violations

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DARION TINSON, age 34, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to two counts of an Indictment charging violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and the Federal Gun Control Act.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced TINSON to 90 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to court documents, during a search of a residence where TINSON was living, agents located approximately 2 ounces of heroin in a bedroom, as well as a stolen Taurus .45 semi-automatic pistol in close proximity to the suspected heroin.  Additionally, agents seized a scale, suspected marijuana, and approximately $2,000 in U.S. currency in the nightstand of the master bedroom.  In post arrest interviews, TINSON admitted that the heroin and gun were his.  TINSON pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled, and possession a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking. 

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney David Haller was in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated October 26, 2016