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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 19, 2018

Slidell Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Sell Fentanyl and Heroin, and to Firearms Charges

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that KENNETH MARTIN, age 44, from Slidell, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possesses with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin, and to possession of three firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking. 

MARTIN pleaded guilty to conspiring, from at least May 23, 2016, through August 2, 2017, to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin. MARTIN also pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin or fentanyl, to being a felon in possession of three firearms—a revolver, a semi-automatic pistol, and a shotgun—and to possessing those firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy. 

For the drug charges, MARTIN faces a sentence of imprisonment of at least five years and up to forty years in prison. For the charge of possessing of a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy, he faces at least five years and up to life in prison, all of which must be consecutive to his sentence for other counts.

Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown set sentencing for January 10, 2019. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas D. Moses is in charge of the prosecution.

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
Updated October 19, 2018