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New Orleans Resident Pleads Guilty to Federal Narcotics and Firearms Charges

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

NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LARRY WILLIAMS, age 37, of New Orleans, pled guilty on January 30, 2024 for federal firearms and narcotics offenses.

According to court documents, WILLIAMS admitted to possessing a firearm and several narcotics after a foot chase and subsequent arrest by New Orleans Police Department officers. In Count 1, WILLIAMS admitted to possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, as well as quantities of cocaine, hydrocodone, and tapaentadol, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A) and (b)(1)(B). For this offense, he faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The two other counts involve the firearm WILLIAMS possessed at the time of his arrest with the narcotics in Count 1. In Count 2, WILLIAMS admitted possessing  a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). For this offense, he faces at least five years imprisonment and up to life, consecutive to any other sentence, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. In Count 3, WILLIAMS admitted to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). For this offense, he faces up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years supervised release.

For each of the counts with which WILLIAMS was charged, he faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

The Honorable Darrel J. Papillion set WILLIAMS’s sentencing for May 14, 2024.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas D. Moses, Health Care Fraud Coordinator.

Contact

Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated February 1, 2024

Topic
Project Safe Neighborhoods