FBI New Orleans
Craig C. Betbeze
(504) 816-3274
October 7, 2016

FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force Arrests One New Orleans Alleged Heroin Dealer and Seizes Multiple Guns During the Searches

OrOrganizedIn the wake of a recent spike of heroin overdoses in the greater New Orleans area, the FBI New Orleans Division conducted an investigation and identified one subject with alleged ties to heroin sales to overdose victims.

Today, during the execution of two state search warrants, the New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF) arrested Gary Hagan, age 39, of New Orleans, Louisiana. The NOVCTF seized five firearms and an undisclosed amount of heroin. As a result, Hagan was arrested for distribution of heroin.

A second subject, later identified as Eddie Celestine, age 30, of New Orleans, was also arrested. He was taken into custody on active New Orleans arrest warrants issued prior to today’s search. Celestine was charged with aggravated assault, illegally carrying a firearm, and simple battery.

The NOVCTF is composed of the following agencies: FBI, Louisiana Bureau of Investigations, Louisiana State Police, New Orleans Police Department, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

This matter will be prosecuted by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.