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New Orleans Man Plead Guilty to his role in A Federal Drug Conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced on June 14, 2021, that Romalis Harris, age 36, a resident of New Orleans, pled guilty to a two-count Superseding Bill of Information.  In Count 1, Harris is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine hydrochloride in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), and 846.  In Count 2, Harris is charged with use of communication facilities to further a drug trafficking crime in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 843(b).

According to court documents, Harris conspired with other members of a drug trafficking organization to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base.  Additionally, Harris used a communication facility, the telephone, to facilitate the distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.

United States District Court Judge Susan Morgan will sentence Harris on September 23, 2021. For Count 1, Harris faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years, with a possible maximum sentence of 40 years, a fine of up to $5,000,000, a period of supervised release of at least 4 years, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.  For Count 2, Harris faces a term of imprisonment of up to 4 years, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of supervised release of up to 1 year, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems 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 partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  This case is being prosecuted by Brittany Reed of the Violent Crime/Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.