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Three Sentenced in Heroin and Money Laundering Conspiracy

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JERMAINE REYNOLDS, age 39, of Long Beach, Mississippi; DAVID HUMPHRIES, age 46, of Baltimore, Maryland; and MARLON BARNES, age 39, of New Orleans; were sentenced today for conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.  REYNOLDS had also pled guilty to one count of conspiring to launder money.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced REYNOLDS to a term of imprisonment of 120 months, with 12 months to run consecutive to another federal sentence that REYNOLDS is serving.  HUMPRHIES was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, and BARNES to 140 months imprisonment.  Judge Barbier also sentenced each defendant to a 5-year term of supervised release following imprisonment and a special assessment of $100 per count of conviction.

According to court documents, a series of court-authorized wiretaps on the cell phones of New Orleans area heroin dealers led Drug Enforcement Administration agents to identify co-defendant Fredrick Douglas Brooks III as a Houston-based heroin trafficker who was distributing kilogram quantities of heroin in the New Orleans area.  Brooks delivered heroin to the New Orleans market by using REYNOLDS and HUMPHRIES as his drug and bulk cash couriers.  BARNES was one of the drug dealers who purchased wholesale quantities of heroin from Brooks’ network for distribution in New Orleans.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Michael B. Redmann is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated December 3, 2015

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