New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Gun Control Act

Published 6:53 am Friday, July 22, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –KAREEM MADISON, age 28, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty before United States District Judge Susie Morgan to an indictment charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, on December 9, 2021, MADISON and co-defendant Kyle Armstrong were stopped by law enforcement after using a United States Postal Service (“USPS”) “Arrow Key” to make unlawful entry into three blue collection boxes at the Metairie Main Post Office located in Metairie, LA. Armstrong removed the U.S. mail articles from the boxes and placed them into a duffel bag while MADISON stood near the corner of a nearby strip mall. After stopping the vehicle, law enforcement observed a black Glock Model 26 handgun with an extended magazine lying on the ground just below the driver’s door of the vehicle where MADISON was sitting. Investigators also observed a black Adidas duffel bag containing a significant amount of U.S. mail matter on the floorboard of the vehicle. A search of the black duffel bag led to the discovery of approximately 424 pieces of stolen U.S. mail and approximately 20 checks stolen from the Greater New Orleans area and Metairie. Prior to this, MADISON knew he had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

MADISON faces a maximum term of (10) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, up to a $250,000.00 fine, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

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 praised the work of the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant U. S. Attorneys Rachal Cassagne and Dall Kammer are in charge of the prosecution.