NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NICHOLAS WEBER, age 29, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled responsible on December 20, 2022, earlier than U.S. District Decide Susie Morgan to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B), possessing firearms within the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Part 924(c)(1)(A), and possession of firearms by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Part 922(g)(1), introduced U.S. Legal professional Duane A. Evans.
In response to courtroom paperwork, on March 29, 2022, FBI New Orleans and the New Orleans Police Division seized 143.5 grams of fentanyl, two absolutely loaded handguns, and $16,200 in money from WEBER pursuant to a federal search warrant.
For possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, WEBER faces a statutory obligatory minimal sentence of 5 years, as much as forty years imprisonment, a high-quality of as much as $5,000,000, and at the least 4 years of supervised launch following any time period of imprisonment. For possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, WEBER faces a compulsory minimal of 5 years imprisonment, as much as life imprisonment, to run consecutive with another sentence, a high-quality of as much as $250,000, and as much as 5 years of supervised launch. For being a felon in possession of firearms, WEBER faces as much as ten years imprisonment, a high-quality of as much as $250,000, and as much as three years supervised launch. For all three counts, WEBER faces fee of a $100 obligatory particular evaluation price.
This case is a part of Venture Secure Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing collectively all ranges of regulation enforcement and the communities they serve to scale back violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everybody. On Might 26, 2021, the Division launched a violent crime discount technique strengthening PSN based mostly on these core ideas: fostering belief and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that assist forestall violence from occurring within the first place, setting targeted and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the outcomes.
This case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Louisiana State Police as a part of NOPD’s Violent Crime Abatement Investigation Group (“VCAIT”). The prosecution of this case is being dealt with by Assistant United States Legal professional J. Benjamin Myers.
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