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California man sentenced bringing illegal narcotics to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that David Mora, age 60, a resident of California, was sentenced on July 22, 2021 to 120 months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Barry W. Barry Ashe for conspiracy to distribute and distribution of 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing heroin as well as one kilogram or more of a mixture or substance containing fentanyl. Additionally, Mora was ordered to serve five years of supervised release and pay a $100 special assessment fee. No fines were imposed in this case.

According to court records, in November 2019, during an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, co-defendant, Zoraida Lara, a/k/a Zoraida Trinidad, communicated with a special agent working in an undercover capacity about the transportation of illegal narcotics to the New Orleans, LA area. Shortly after their conversation, Lara arranged for Mora to deliver the narcotics to the New Orleans area. Mora delivered the narcotics, which included 959.4 grams of heroin and 1402.2 grams of fentanyl and he was subsequently arrested. Lara flew from California to New Orleans to collect payment for the illegal narcotics and was subsequently arrested upon her arrival.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Bayonle Osundare oversaw the prosecution.