Fourteen Indicted in New Orleans for Alleged Drug and Gun Charges

A 28-count federal indictment was unsealed today charging Lance Foucha, age 30, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Alvin Mingo, age 38, a resident of Metarie, Louisiana, Chris Garner, age 30, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Jeffrey Anderson, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Anthony Lastie, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Kentrell Paul, age 26, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Carl Foucha, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Donald Foucha, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Theron Campbell, age 30, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rhonda Smith, age 49, a resident of Kenner, Louisiana, Robert Francis, age 23, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, Mario Burton, age 24, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, Larry Ramee, age 38, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Brian Turner, age 38, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, with violations of federal drug and gun laws, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. To date, 11 of the 14 individuals are in custody.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that beginning in approximately March 2009 until July 2010, the individuals participated in an alleged conspiracy to distribute fifty or more grams of crack cocaine and 500 or more grams powder cocaine. Donald Foucha is also variously charged with six counts of alleged distribution of crack and powder cocaine; and Carl Foucha and Jeffrey Anderson are each charged with one count of alleged distribution of crack cocaine. Lance Foucha is charged in two counts with alleged distribution of crack cocaine as well as five counts of allegedly using a telephone in the commission of a drug trafficking crime. Alvin Mingo is charged with six counts of allegedly using a telephone in the commission of a drug trafficking crime; and the remaining individuals are each charged with one count of allegedly using a telephone in the commission of a drug trafficking crime. Mingo is also charged with one count of alleged possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, allegedly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Anderson is charged with one count of alleged possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of crack cocaine, allegedly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If these individuals are convicted, the judge should follow the new sentencing guidelines as applied to crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses. President Obama recently signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which significantly reduces the crack cocaine and powder cocaine sentencing discrepancy. For the past few decades the ratio in place was 100:1; an individual in possession of 500 grams of powder cocaine would face a five-year mandatory minimum; crack offenders would have to be in possession of a mere 5 grams to face the same obligatory sentence. The new law reduces the 100:1 ratio to 18:1, which is still not the 1:1 ratio that many lawmakers and drug enforcement agents believe should be in place.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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