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New Orleans Man Sentenced for Heroin Conspiracy and Firearm Charges

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

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on March 18, 2021, JOHN JONES, age 46, of New Orleans, was sentenced by United States District Judge Barry W. Ashe after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and one count of possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.

According to court documents, JONES and others conspired to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin between sometime prior to July 19, 2017 and on or about June 29, 2018.  Additionally, on or about April 5, 2018, JONES possessed three firearms.  JONES was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was convicted in 2002 of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base.

United States District Court Judge Ashe sentenced JONES to 10 years of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.  The Court also imposed a $200 mandatory special assessment. 

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Maria Carboni and Jonathan L. Shih were in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated March 19, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses