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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Orleans Men Sentenced in Seventh Ward Heroin and Firearm Conspiracy

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DARRYL LEWIS, a/k/a “Uncle Tom,” a/k/a “Poppa Tom,” age 63, and DEMOINDE ROWLEY, a/k/a “Chuck,” age 40, both of New Orleans, were sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to federal narcotics charges.


DARRYL LEWIS was a street-level dealer in the conspiracy. He sold heroin to customers in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans with several co-conspirators. LEWIS also stored firearms for his co-conspirators and served as a “tester” of heroin. He pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced him to a term of time served (approximately 31 months) in prison, and a supervised release term of 3 years.


DEMOINDE ROWLEY likewise was a street-level dealer who purchased heroin from members of the Seventh Ward-based conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced ROWLEY to five years of probation.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Field Office. Assistance was provided by the DEA New Orleans Field Division, the New Orleans Police Department, the Major Crimes Task Force, the FBI Kansas City Division (Jefferson City Resident Office), and the St. Louis County Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Payne, Shirin Hakimzadeh, and Andre Lagarde are in charge of prosecution.

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated July 13, 2017