APRIL 26 (NEW ORLEANS) – Melvin James Jr., a 43-year old resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a three-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for his possession with intent to distribute 98 grams of heroin, felon in possession of firearms, and possessing firearms in furtherance of narcotics trafficking.
According to the indictment, James was arrested following an attempt to sell heroin in Slidell, Louisiana. A search of his residence in New Orleans, Louisiana uncovered 98 grams of heroin, digital scales, products used to “cut” the heroin prior to distribution, over $3,000 in U.S. currency, marijuana, and other tools of the narcotics trafficking trade including four firearms of various makes and calibers.
If convicted of the possession with intent to distribute heroin charges, James faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a three year term of supervised release. If convicted of the felon in possession of a firearm charge, James faces a maximum penalty of eight years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a three year term of supervised release. James faces additional penalties for the possession of firearms in furtherance of narcotics trafficking charge of up to a term of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a five year term of supervised release.
Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph W. Shepherd reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the New Orleans Police Department. Prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian Ebarb.