News Release
November 6, 2009
Contact: Roberto E. Bryan, Jr.
Special Agent/PIO
Number: 504-840-1360

New Orleans Drug Offender Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

NOV 06 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -BYRON O. SMITH, age 43, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday in federal court by U. S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to twenty-five (25) years in prison for trafficking crack cocaine and the illegal possession of firearms, announced U. S Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Fallon imposed ten (10) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.

On February 25, 2009, SMITH previously entered a guilty plea before Judge Fallon admitting that on February 1, 2008, he illegally possessed more than 50 grams of crack and two firearms. Law enforcement had discovered the items following surveillance and obtaining a search warrant for SMITH’s residence. Because of a prior felony conviction, he was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration along with officers and detectives with the New Orleans Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin G. Boitmann.