New Orleans Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

Published 6:30 am Sunday, June 5, 2022

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NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MARK RICHBURG, age 40, of New Orleans, was sentenced on June 2, 2022 by United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 100 grams or more of heroin, and a quantity of cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), 841(b)(1)(B), 841(b)(1)(C), and 846.

According to court records, RICHBURG and others conspired to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin in the New Orleans area.  Additionally, RICHBURG arranged for the transport of multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin between Texas and New Orleans.

Judge Fallon sentenced RICHBURG to 292 months of imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”). OCDETF is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Privitera and Jonathan L. Shih are in charge of the prosecution.