Louisiana Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearms Crimes, Possession and Distribution of Cocaine and Crack and Faces Up to 30 Years and $1.25 Million in Fines

By Calcasieu Staff
Published May 19, 2023

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Louisiana Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearms Crimes, Possession and Distribution of Cocaine and Crack and Faces Up to 30 Years and $1.25 Million in Fines

New Orleans, Louisiana – A Louisiana felon has pleaded guilty to firearms crimes, possession, and distribution of cocaine and crack, and is facing up to 30 years and $1.25 million in fines.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Frederick Turner, age 51, a resident of Harvey, Louisiana, pled guilty on May 16, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan.

Turner entered a plea of guilty to conspiring to both distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride and a quantity of cocaine base (“crack”) – in breach of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C) and 846. He was also a felon in possession of a firearm, which is an offense under Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).

In other words, Turner admitted to having committed serious offenses under United States law, including the distribution and possession of cocaine and the unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to court filings, between June 8, 2020, and June 5, 2021, Turner was participating in a narcotics distribution conspiracy with numerous other co-conspirators. Turner was a regular distributor of cocaine hydrochloride (powder cocaine) and crack cocaine as part of the scheme. Officers also executed a search warrant at Turner’s home and seized an illegal shotgun.

Turner faces up to twenty years behind bars, a $1,000,000 fine, and at least three years of supervised release following any period of imprisonment for the drug conspiracy charge. Turner faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release after any period of imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Turner must also pay a $100 obligatory special assessment fee for each count.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney J. Benjamin Myers is in charge of the prosecution.