New Orleans Man Convicted of Drug Trafficking Charges at Trial
Published 2:18 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2022
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on November 18, 2022 after a four (4) day trial before United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, GEORGE BENNETT, aka “G,” 39, from the greater New Orleans area, was convicted of three counts of drug trafficking charges.
At the conclusion of the trial, the jury found BENNETT guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), and 846, distribution of a quantity of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl, both in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C).
At sentencing, BENNETT faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of life imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000 fine, and at least 5 years supervised release. BENNETT must also pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $100 for each count of conviction at sentencing. Sentencing in this matter is to be determined at a later date by the Court.
The case was investigated by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation New Orleans Gang Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys André Jones, Melissa Bücher, and Christopher D. Usher of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.