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New Orleans Man Sentenced to Forty-Two Months Imprisonment for Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JARRIN GAYDEN, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on December 8, 2022 by U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to a term of forty-two (42) months’ imprisonment followed by a term of four (4) years’ supervised release and a $100.00 mandatory special assessment fee after pleading guilty to a one-count superseding bill of information that charged him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one-hundred grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, in November 2017, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) began to investigate the death by heroin overdose of an individual in Metairie, Louisiana.  FBI agents identified the individual’s heroin supplier and arrested him after making a controlled purchase of heroin from him.  After the supplier was arrested, GAYDEN assumed control of the supplier’s phone and began to sell heroin to customers who called to purchase heroin from the supplier.  After learning of GAYDEN’S drug activity using the supplier’s phone, agents made two controlled purchases of heroin from GAYDEN totaling two grams. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution was being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys André Jones, Melissa Bücher and Christopher Usher.

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Updated December 12, 2022

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