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New Orleans Man Sentenced in Marijuana and Firearm Case

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BILLY WASHINGTON, age 34, of New Orleans, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a Bill of Information charging possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced WASHINGTON to a term of imprisonment of twelve months and a day, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.

According to court documents, Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) agents executed a search warrant at WASHINGTON’s residence, a convicted felon, and recovered a semi-automatic pistol and approximately three-quarters of a pound of marijuana.

Court records revealed that WASHINGTON was convicted on May 19, 2003, of possession of heroin in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.  As such, he was prohibited from possessing firearms by both state and federal law.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael B. Redmann was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated July 31, 2015