Two Charged with Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses
Published 7:10 am Wednesday, May 11, 2022
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that GREGORY JOHNSON, JR., age 43, of Baton Rouge, and KEITH BOURGEOIS, age 51, of New Orleans, were indicted on May 5, 2022 by a federal grand jury for violations of the Controlled Substances Act and the Gun Control Act. JOHNSON and BOURGEOIS were charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), 841(b)(1)(C), 846. JOHNSON and BOURGEOIS were also charged with possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(ii), and being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).
According to the indictment, JOHNSON and BOURGEOIS conspired with each other and others to distribute cocaine hydrochloride in the Eastern District of Louisiana and elsewhere. On or about April 19, 2022, JOHNSON and BOURGEOIS possessed a Smith and Wesson Model SD .40 caliber pistol, a Taurus PT 24/7 .40 caliber pistol, a Heritage Rough Rider .45 LC caliber revolver, and a Thompson Center Arms Super 14 .35 Rem caliber pistol. JOHNSON also possessed a Springfield XD-S Mod.2 .45 caliber pistol.
If convicted of the drug offense, JOHNSON faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $8,000,000, and at least 8 years of supervised release; BOURGEOIS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years, up to 40 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least 4 years of supervised release. For possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, JOHNSON and BOURGEOIS face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years, up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 5 years of supervised release. For being felons in possession of a firearm, JOHNSON and BOURGEOIS face a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release. For each charge that JOHNSON and BOURGEOIS face, they must also pay a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisiana State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution.