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

Friday, May 10, 2019

Slidell Man Sentenced To 10 Years in Prison for Fentanyl and Heroin Charges and Firearm Possession

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that KENNETH MARTIN, age 45, from Slidell, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday to (10) ten years in prison, followed by (6) six years of supervised release, for charges related to distribution of fentanyl and heroin, and firearms possession.

On October 18, 2018, MARTIN pled guilty to conspiring, from at least May 23, 2016, through August 2, 2017, to distribute at least 40 grams of fentanyl and 100 grams of heroin. MARTIN also pled guilty to seven counts of distribution of heroin and 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. The government charged MARTIN with a sentencing enhancement for his prior drug convictions.

According to court documents, the shotgun was found in a New Orleans East residence, which MARTIN used as a stash house, where agents also found over two ounces of heroin. The revolver was found at MARTIN’s home in Slidell, in a car that MARTIN had used to sell drugs. The semi-automatic pistol was found at a bar, where MARTIN also sold drugs, in the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans.

For the drug charges and the felon-in-possession charge, Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown sentenced MARTIN was sentenced to five years in prison. For the charge of possessing of a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy, he was sentenced to another five years in prison, consecutive to his sentence for other counts.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations, 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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Updated May 10, 2019