Louisiana Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Trafficking Charge in Connection with the Distribution of Heroin and Marijuana
New Orleans, Louisiana – A man from Louisiana has been sentenced on a federal drug trafficking charge in relation to the distribution of heroin and marijuana.
On May 19, 2023, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Solomon Burke, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on May 17, 2023, by the Honorable Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 17 months imprisonment for possessing with the intent to distribute controlled substances. Burke also received three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment, along with a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.
Burke was sentenced to Count 1 of the superseding bill of information, to which he previously pled pursuant to a plea agreement, and which charged him with possessing a quantity of heroin and a quantity of marijuana with the intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1) (C).
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Orleans Police Department, and the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office all looked into the case. Assistant US Attorneys Maurice Landrieu of the Narcotics Section and Elizabeth Privitera, Head of the Violent Crimes Unit are prosecuting the case.