Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Trafficking Charge After FBI Gang Task Force and NOPD Investigation

By Zephyr Sullivan
Published September 08, 2023

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New Orleans, Louisiana – A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to a heroin trafficking charge following FBI Gang Task Force and NOPD investigation.

On September 6, 2023, John Crawford, a 39-year-old resident of New Orleans, Louisiana pleaded guilty before US District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon. He was charged under a superseding bill of information charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C), and 846, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

Court records indicate that the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force, along with the New Orleans Police Department, commenced an investigation against Crawford in September 2020 for his suspected role in a drug trafficking operation. This investigation encapsulated several supervised drug purchases from Crawford and Donald Myles, alias ‘D-Ray’. Evidence gathered during the investigation pointed towards a conspiracy between Crawford, Myles, Kevin Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Ernest Green, and other unidentified individuals to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Crawford is looking at a potential imprisonment of up to twenty years, a penalty of as much as $1,000,000, a supervised release that will last at least three years after any time spent in jail, and a compulsory special evaluation charge of $100.

The investigation was headed by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Orleans Gang Task Force, in cooperation with the New Orleans Police Department, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Gretna Major Crimes Task Force. Managing the prosecution is Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Benjamin Myers from the Narcotics Unit.