New Orleans Man pleads guilty to drug charges; SJSO part of investigation

Published 7:47 am Friday, August 11, 2023

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – CHARLES WADE, age 42, a resident from New Orleans, pled guilty on August 9, 2023 before United States District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to a two-count superseding bill of information charging him in count one with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride, one kilogram or more of heroin, and 400 grams or more of fentanyl and in count two with interstate travel in aid of racketeering, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

During the investigation, law enforcement, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, seized over forty (40) kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, six (6) kilograms of fentanyl, four and a half (4.5) kilograms of heroin, and over four hundred thousand ($400,000.00) in bulk cash.

According to court documents, WADE and other co-conspirators are responsible for the distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin within the Eastern District of Louisiana.

For count one, WADE faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years up to a maximum term of life, a fine of up to $10,000,000.00, at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.  For count two, WADE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

This investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration – New Orleans Field Division Office and assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Border Patrol, Gretna Major Crimes Task Force, Kenner Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. John’s Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Sheriff’s Office, and New Orleans Police Department.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Lynn E. Schiffman of the Narcotics Unit.