Louisiana Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Firearms and Drug Charges in Connection with Distribution of Fentanyl 

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Published June 28, 2022

Louisiana Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Firearms and Drug Charges in Connection with Distribution of Fentanyl 

Louisiana – Quentrell Bertholotte, 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced by the Honorable District Court Judge Barry W. Ashe on June 23, 2022, according to United States Attorney Duane A. Evans. Bertholotte had previously pleaded guilty to all four counts of the indictment. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2) in Counts 1 and 2; possession with intent to distribute fentanyl in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B) in Count 3; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(i) in Count 4.

Bertholotte was sentenced to a total of ten years in prison plus four years of supervised release. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison for Counts 1 and 2, and 60 months in prison for Count 3, all of which will run concurrently. On Count 4, he was sentenced to 60 months in prison, to run concurrently with all other sentences. He must also pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00 for each count.

Bertholotte was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) in December 2020, according to court documents. On January 14, 2020, he was captured on video wielding a 5.56 caliber “ghost gun” with no serial number. On April 22, 2021, investigators discovered over forty (40) grams of fentanyl, the “ghost gun,” a Glock 27 semi-automatic handgun, and over $30,000.00 in US currency during a search of his girlfriend’s apartment. Bertholotte was previously convicted in Orleans Parish of drug trafficking.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, which is at the heart of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to reduce violent crime. PSN brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and collaborates with community-based prevention and reentry programs to achieve long-term crime reductions.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s work in investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles D. Strauss is prosecuting the case.