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New Orleans Man Sentenced to Federal Drug Trafficking Charge

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that SOLOMON BURKE, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on May 17, 2023 by the Honorable Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 17 months imprisonment for possessing with the intent to distribute controlled substances.  BURKE also received three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment, along with a $100 mandatory special assessment fee. 

BURKE was sentenced to Count 1 of the superseding bill of information, to which he previously pled pursuant to a plea agreement, and which charged him with possessing with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C).

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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Orleans Police Department, and St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Maurice Landrieu of the Narcotics Unit and Elizabeth Privitera, Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated May 19, 2023

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