March 09, 2016
Contact: SA Debbie Webber
Phone Number: (504) 840-1100
New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty To Drug And Firearms Charges
NEW ORLEANS - Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam and U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Thomas Brown, age 45, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty as charged today to a Bill of Information charging one count of possession with intent to distribute acetyl fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, and a second count of possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.
According to court records, in June 2015, while DEA agents were buying heroin undercover from an unnamed trafficker, they observed Brown arrive on the scene and appear to supply heroin to the targeted trafficker. After further investigation, agents obtained and executed a search warrant at Brown’s residence and found 188 grams of acetyl fentanyl, 66 grams of heroin, 150 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, and 17.9 grams of marijuana. Most of the narcotics seized were found secreted in a void between a furnace and a wall in a hallway closet and the drugs had been packaged for sale. Agents also located near the narcotics a loaded .45 caliber pistol, a .38 caliber revolver, and a loaded 20-guage shotgun.
A U.S. District judge scheduled sentencing for June 15, 2016. Brown faces a sentence of imprisonment of up to 20 years for the narcotics charge and a sentence of at least five years and up to life for the firearms charge.