Hollygrove men indicted for alleged heroin trafficking conspiracy

Hollygrove men indicted for alleged heroin trafficking conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A federal indictment charges four Hollygrove men in drug and gun conspiracies.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite unsealed the two-count indictment against Jonathan "Chop" Lawrence, Donald "Snook" Marcelin, Brandon Hall and Brian Maxson.

All four were picked up on federal arrest warrants in the Hollygrove neighborhood around 7:00 a.m.Friday, April 22.

Investigators say they seized an AR-15 assault rifle, handguns, $16,000 cash, heroin and a small quantity of crack cocaine.

The men are accused of violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act and the Federal Gun Control Act.

The indictment accuses all four with conspiring to distribute and possess heroin.

Lawrence, Hall and Maxson are also accused conspiring to possess a firearm for drug trafficking.

The defendants could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the drug conspiracy charge.

In addition to the federal arrests and indictments, investigators arrested Lance Stovall, Lydell Stovall and Vonzo Magee on state narcotics and weapons charges.

Polite says the indictment is the result of work by the FBI's Violent Gang Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the NOPD and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

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