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Two Eastside Hollygrove Residents Sentenced In Conspiracy to Sell Heroin and Fentanyl, Discharge Firearms

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

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that BRANDON HALL, a/k/a “B-Hilly,” age 29, and DWAYNE LABRANCH, a/k/a “Mondo,” a/k/a “Black,” age 37, both of New Orleans, were sentenced on Wednesday, August 7, 2018 after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl, along with firearm charges. 

United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced HALL to 196 months of imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release.  LABRANCH was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release.

According to court records, during the timeframe of the charged drug conspiracy, HALL and LABRANCH conspired with codefendants Jonathan LAWRENCE, Aloysius KORIEOCHA, Brian MAXSON, Donald MARCELIN, Lance STOVALL, Vonzo MAGEE, and others, to distribute heroin and fentanyl throughout the New Orleans area.  These individuals were members of a drug-trafficking organization that operated primarily in the Eastside Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans.  Collectively, the group referred to their neighborhood as “The Zoo,” a name derived from a popular rap song and video filmed in the neighborhood.  Each of the eight defendants has been linked to drug activity in Eastside Hollygrove through law enforcement controlled purchases, Title III wire and electronic interceptions, witness statements, drug seizures, and other evidence.  Each of the eight defendants in this case has pleaded guilty.  Thus far, MARCELIN, KORIEOCHA, HALL, and LABRANCH have been sentenced. 

The FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force (NOGTF), 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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Updated August 8, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses