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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act and The Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – The Honorable Jay C. Zainey sentenced RONALD JACOBS, age 38, of New Orleans, Louisiana, today to serve 101 months in the Bureau of Prisons for violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act and the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to the court records, JACOBS was arrested after concerned citizens reported his vehicle stopped in a travel lane on Williams Boulevard in Kenner.  Kenner Police responded and found JACOBS asleep in the vehicle with what appeared to be drugs in his lap.  When the officers made contact with JACOBS, he attempted to flee by ramming his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles and was reaching for an area in his truck where the officers later found a pistol.  In addition to the loaded gun, officers also located 14 grams of crack, a digital scale, a razor blade, and about $1,100.  JACOBS admitted that he possessed the crack for distribution. 

In addition to the 101-month term of imprisonment, JACOBS was also sentenced to five (5) years of supervised release after he is released from the Bureau of Prisons and ordered to pay a $200 mandatory special assessment fee. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Kenner Police Department and Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller. 

Updated January 18, 2022