Four Orleans Parish Residents and One Jefferson Parish Resident Indicted for Violations of the Federal Controlled Substances and Gun Control Acts

Published 2:23 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JOHN GUILLORY III, a/k/a “Tunie,” age 51,  JOHN PETRIE, age 38, DEVIN JOHNSON, age 36and SHAWN MAJOR, JR., a/k/a “G-Shawn,” age 22residents of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, and LARRY MOSES, age 37, a resident of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana were charged on July 14, 2022, in a fourteen-count indictment by a federal grand jury. Charges include conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana; distribution of fentanyl and crack; possession with intent to distribute crack, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, and marijuana; felon in possession of firearms; and a person convicted of domestic violence in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

GUILLORY III is charged with conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack, a quantity of cocaine, a quantity of fentanyl, and a quantity of marijuana , in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), 841(b)(1)(C), and 841(b)(1)(D).  He’s also charged with distribution of 28 grams or more of crack and fentanyl, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), and 841(b)(1)(C); possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack, cocaine, and marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), 841(b)(1)(C), and 841(b)(1)(D); and being a felon in possession of a firearms, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).

If convicted of the conspiracy count, distribution of 28 grams or more of crack count, and possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack count, GUILLORY III faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to a maximum of forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment for each count.  For the distribution of fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute cocaine counts, he faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  For the possession with intent to distribute marijuana count, he faces not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized in accordance with the provisions of Title 18 of the United States Code or $250,000.  If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, GUILLORY III faces up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years supervised release For each count, he also faces payment of a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

PETRIE is charged with conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack, a quantity of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana. He’s also charged with possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack, cocaine, and marijuana; and being a felon in possession of a firearms.

If convicted of the conspiracy count, and the possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack count, PETRIE faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to a maximum of  forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment for each count.  For the possession with intent to distribute cocaine count, he faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  For the possession with intent to distribute marijuana count, he faces not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized in accordance with the provisions of Title 18 of the United States Code or $250,000.  If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, PETRIE faces up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years supervised release. For each count, he also faces payment of a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

JOHNSON is charged with conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack, a quantity of cocaine, a quantity of fentanyl, a quantity of heroin, and a quantity of marijuana. He’s also charged with possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, and marijuana.

If convicted of the conspiracy count, and possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack count, JOHNSON faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, up to a maximum of  forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment for each count.  For the possession with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin counts, he faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  For the possession with intent to distribute marijuana count, he faces not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized in accordance with the provisions of Title 18 of the United States Code, or $250,000 on each count. For each count he also faces payment of a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

MAJOR, JR. is charged with conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, a quantity of crack, a quantity of methamphetamine, and a quantity of marijuana.  He’s also charged with possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, a quantity of crack, a quantity of methamphetamine, and a quantity of marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a person convicted of domestic violence in possession of a firearm.

If convicted of the conspiracy count, and the possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or  more of heroin counts, MAJOR, JR. faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to a maximum of forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment for each count.  For the possession with intent to distribute crack, and methamphetamine counts, he faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment for each count.  For the possession with intent to distribute marijuana count, he faces not more than 5 years, a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized in accordance with the provisions of Title 18 of the United States Code or $250,000.  If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a person convicted of domestic violence in possession of a firearm, MAJOR, JR. faces up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years supervised release on each count. For each count, he also faces payment of a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

MOSES is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. If convicted, MOSES faces up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years supervised release. For each count, he faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the superseding indictment is merely a charging document and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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.

This case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Gretna Police Department, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, and U.S. Border Patrol.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Usher.