NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that on Friday, September 4, 2020 TERRAN WILLIAMS, a/k/a “Funky,” age 22, and ALLEN GRAY, a/k/a “Kyedi,” age 24, both residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, were charged in a sealed three-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act and the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Both defendants are in federal custody and the Indictment was unsealed on September 15, 2020.
WILLIAMS and GRAY are charged in Count 1 with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana and fentanyl, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C) and (b)(1)(D). In Count 2, WILLIAMS and GRAY are charged with possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). In Count 3, WILLIAMS and GRAY are charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).
If convicted of Count 1, WILLIAMS and GRAY face a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $1,000,000, at least 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment fee of $100. If convicted of Count 2, WILLIAMS and GRAY face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to life imprisonment, which is to run consecutively to all other sentences, a $250,000 fine, up to 5 years of supervised release and a special assessment fee of $100. If convicted of Count 3, WILLIAMS and GRAY face a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment fee of $100.
U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. The United States Attorney’s Office has prosecuted this case with support from the following Project Guardian partners: the New Orleans Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Privitera, Inga Petrovich and David Haller of the Violent Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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