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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Two Eastside Hollygrove Residents Plead Guilty To Gun and Drug Violations

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana announced that BRANDON HALL, a/k/a “B-Hilly,” age 28, and ALOYSIUS KORIEOCHA, a/k/a “Madi,” a/k/a “Ball,” age 36, both of New Orleans, pleaded guilty today to federal charges stemming from their participation in a violent drug-trafficking organization operating primarily in the Eastside Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans. 

Specifically, HALL pleaded guilty to a Superseding Bill of Information, charging one count of conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl; one count of conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; one count of discharging a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking; and one count of discharging a firearm in a school zone. 

On HALL’s drug conspiracy count, HALL is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a maximum sentence of life, a possible fine of up to $8,000,000, and at least eight years of supervised release upon his release from prison.  On the firearm conspiracy count, HALL is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than three years of supervised release.  On the discharging a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking count, HALL is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than five years of supervised release.  Finally, on the discharging a firearm in a school zone count, HALL is facing a maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, a possible fine of up to $100,000, and not more than one year of supervised release. 

For his part, KORIEOCHA pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the Superseding Indictment, charging him with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl.  KORIEOCHA is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a maximum sentence of life, a possible fine of up to $10,000,000, and at least five years of supervised release upon his release from prison. 

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance will sentence the defendants on February 20, 2019.

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.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force (NOGFT), which led this investigation and was assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorneys Brandon S. Long, David Haller, and Edward Rivera are in charge of the prosecution.                                               

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 4, 2018