NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that ELI JUAN MOORE, age 25, a resident of LaPlace, Louisiana, pleaded guilty on June 17, 2021 to an Indictment. In Count One, MOORE pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture or substance containing heroin. In Count Five, MOORE pled guilty to distributing a quantity of a mixture or substance containing heroin. In Count Seven, MOORE pled guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, in January 2019, MOORE sold heroin to a confidential informant and in May 2019, MOORE possessed an FM Hi-Power Model Detective, nine-millimeter caliber semi-automatic pistol during a search of his residence.
The Honorable District Court Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon will sentence MOORE on October 7, 2021. MOORE faces a maximum sentence of up to twenty years of imprisonment, a fine up to $1,000,000.00, a period of supervised release not less than three years, and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00, as it relates to Counts One and Five. MOORE faces a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00, up to three years of supervised release, and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00 as to it relates to Count Seven.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Bayonle Osundare is prosecuting the matter.