26-Year-Old Louisiana Man Faces Up to Life in Prison and Over $2.2 Million in Fines After Pleading Guilty to Multiple Drug and Weapons Charges
26-Year-Old Louisiana Man Faces Up to Life in Prison and Over 2.2 Million in Fines After Pleading Guilty to Multiple Drug and Weapons Charges
New Orleans, Louisiana – A 26-year-old Louisiana man faces up to life in prison and over $2.2 million in fines after he pleaded guilty in a federal court to multiple drug and weapons charges.
On March 8, 2023, Christian Guity, age 26, a resident of Orleans Parish, in Louisiana pled guilty to three counts of a four-count indictment for federal drug and weapons violations, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Count 1 charged Guity with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Count 2 charged Guity with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Finally, Count 3 charged Guity with possession of a machine gun. Guity’s sentencing is set for June 7, 2023.
Guity faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, and at least 2 years of supervised release under Count 1 of the indictment, which charges him with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(D). Guity is also charged in Count 1 with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1) (C). Guity faces up to 20 years in jail, a $1,000,000 fine, and at least three years of supervised release for this charge. Regarding Count 2, which charges Guity with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1), he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to life imprisonment, to run consecutive with any other sentence imposed, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and up to 5 years supervised release. Lastly, Guity faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release on Count 3, which accuses him with possessing a machine gun in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(o). Guity must pay an obligatory special assessment cost of $100.00 for each count of conviction.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve together to minimize violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy to strengthen PSN on May 26, 2021, based on the following core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
The work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as the New Orleans Police Department, was lauded by U.S. Attorney Evans. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Inga Petrovich of the United States Attorney’s Office’s Violent Crime Unit.
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