NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that JOSEPH BOIS, 31, of Metairie, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment. Count 1 charged the defendant with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C); Count 2 charged him with possession of a firearm in pursuit of a felony drug trafficking violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(i) ; and Count 3 charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of United States Code Title 18, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).
According to court documents, WOODS was previously convicted of drug trafficking, among other criminal offenses related to firearms and drugs in Jefferson Parish. Because of these convictions, it is illegal for him to own a firearm. He is now convicted of possession of multiple firearms and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (“crack”) and heroin. On October 4, 2020, law enforcement officers carried out a roadside check of a vehicle in which WOODS was a passenger in Westwego, Louisiana. Officers observed two camouflage bags inside the vehicle before the driver drove off at high speed. Officers observed the bags being dumped on the side of the road. The bags were later recovered and additional evidence consistent with drug trafficking was found in the center console of the vehicle.
For count 1 of the indictment, WOODS is liable to a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00 and a minimum of three (3) years of probation. For Count 2, he faces a minimum sentence of five (5) years to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment consecutive to all other sentences, a fine of up to $250,000.00 and up to five (5) years of probation. For count 3, he faces a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00 and up to three (3) years of probation. WOODS faces a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00 per count.
The case is being prosecuted under the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. The NSP is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.
The case was investigated by the Westwego Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Charles D. Strauss is in charge of the prosecution.