News Release
January 21, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Roberto Bryan
Number: (504) 840-1360

New Orleans Man Sentenced to 15 Years in
Federal Prison on Drug and Firearms Charges

JAN 21 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - BLAIR ARROYO, age 37, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced in federal court today by U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to fifteen (15) years imprisonment his role in participating in a wide ranging drug conspiracy, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.  In addition, the defendant was ordered to serve eight (8) years of supervised release during which time he will be under federal supervision and risks additional imprisonment should he violated any terms of the supervision.

        According to court documents, on March 20, 2009, ARROYO pled guilty to a superseding bill of information charging him with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, possessing firearms in furtherance of this drug conspiracy, and having a prior felony drug conviction.

        This case was the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation involving the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Orleans Police Department, assisted by the Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Kenner Police Department, and  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.  OCDETF targets the most significant drug trafficking organizations within the United States as well as those outside of the United States. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr.