New Orleans Man Indicted for Carjacking and Violations of The Federal Gun Control Act and Controlled Substances Act

Published 2:51 pm Tuesday, February 15, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DARRION YOUNG, age 37, a resident of New Orleans, was charged on February 11, 2022 in a six-count indictment by a federal grand jury for carjacking, brandishing, using, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

If convicted of carjacking, YOUNG faces a maximum term of imprisonment of fifteen (15) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, YOUNG faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00, and at least three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, YOUNG faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, YOUNG faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five (5) years up to a maximum term of imprisonment of life, to be served consecutively to all other charges, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of brandishing, using, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, YOUNG faces a minimum term of imprisonment of seven (7) years up to a maximum term of imprisonment of life, to be served consecutively to all other charges, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

As to each of the six (6) counts of the indictment, YOUNG also faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

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.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Trummel.