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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, LOUISIANA LANCE STEVENS, age 27, of New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced on August 15, 2023 after pleading guilty to a six-count indictment charging him with federal firearm and drug trafficking offenses.

United States District Court Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced STEVENS to 132 months of imprisonment after granting his motion for a downward variance from the United States Sentencing Guidelines. Chief Judge Brown also sentenced STEVENS to serve 3 years of supervised release following his imprisonment and to pay $600 in mandatory special assessment fees.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crimes Unit handled the prosecution.


Shane Jones 

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office

Eastern District of Louisiana

Updated August 16, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses