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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Torrey Scott Indicted For Violations of the Federal Gun Control Act and the Federal Controlled Substances Act

TORREY SCOTT, age 46, a resident of New Orleans, was charged in a four-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act and the Federal Controlled Substances Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. 

According to the indictment, SCOTT possessed firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, possession with the intent to distribute quantities of cocaine hydrochloride, heroin, and MDMA (ecstasy).

The charges arose out of two arrests of SCOTT by the New Orleans Police Department:  the first on March 15, 2016, when SCOTT, a twice-convicted felon, possessed two Glock semi-automatic pistols, and the second on November 18, 2016, when SCOTT was found with the drugs, four other weapons, and $14,000 in cash.

If convicted, SCOTT faces, on Counts 1 and 2 of the indictment, a term of imprisonment of up to ten years and a fine of up to $250,000; five years to run consecutive to any other sentence as to Count 3; and up to twenty years and/or a $1,000,000 fine as to Count 4.

U. S. Attorney Duane A. Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the New Orleans Police Department.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated March 15, 2018