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New Orleans Man Sentenced for Federal Gun and Drug Offenses

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANAEDDIE HARRIS, age 39, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on June 28, 2023 by U.S. District Judge Jane T. Milazzo to 92 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, along with a mandatory $200 special assessment fee, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, HARRIS admitted to possessing a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic weapon after being previously convicted of several state felony offenses, including possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm.  HARRIS also admitted to possessing 25 baggies of cocaine with the intent to distribute them.

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.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crimes Unit handled the prosecution.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana 

United States Department of Justice

Updated June 29, 2023

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