Orleans Parish Man Sentenced on Weapons and Narcotic Charges
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that defendant KIRK THOMPSON, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on March 23rd by U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk to 117 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $200 mandatory special assessment on Counts One and Two of a two-count superseding bill of information.
Count One of the bill charged THOMPSON with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C). As to Count Two, the superseding bill of information charged him with possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, that is, possession with intent to distribute both fentanyl and cocaine; all in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section, 924(c)(1)(A)(i).
On October 3, 2019, the New Orleans Police Department responded to call of a wanted subject, THOMPSON, seen in the 3000 block of Grand Route St. John in New Orleans, LA. Upon the officers’ arrival, an individual in an apartment complex directed officers to the apartment where THOMPSON was seen. Officers knocked on the apartment at which time a person answered the door who matched the description of THOMPSON and identified himself as “Kirk Thompson.” Officers advised him of his right to remain silent. THOMPSON eventually admitted to officers that there was a shotgun inside of the residence, and he had smoked narcotics inside the residence. Officers elected to obtain a search warrant for the apartment based on THOMPSON’s statement about the narcotics and the firearm. Inside the residence, officers located 11 firearms, including two assault rifles. Officers also located approximately 89 grams of fentanyl and 300 grams of cocaine.
This case was 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.
U. S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the New Orleans Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Inga Petrovich of the Violent Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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