ORLEANS – Jarvis Hardy, age 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty this
week to multiple charges that led to the shooting of a DEA task force officer.
Hardy is charged with conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent
to distribute 280 grams or more of a mixture/substance containing a detectable
amount of cocaine base; distribution of a quantity of cocaine base; discharging
a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime;
and intent to distribute twenty-eight grams or more of cocaine
guilty plea followed a DEA investigation that revealed beginning no later than
January 2015 and continuing until his arrest, Hardy distributed crack cocaine
virtually every day throughout the streets of New Orleans. As a part of that
investigation, DEA made four separate controlled buys of ¼ and ½ ounce
quantities of crack cocaine from Hardy over an approximate ten-month timespan.
Based on those controlled purchases, an arrest warrant for Hardy, along with a
search warrant were obtained.
the early morning hours of January 26, 2016, a team of law enforcement
officers, led by DEA, gathered to prepare for the execution of Hardy’s arrest
warrant. DEA TFO Stephen Arnold and several other agents and task force
officers knocked and announced their presence and intention to execute the
search warrant. As TFO Arnold led the team through the house, Hardy fired his
Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, three times at Arnold from a few feet
away, striking him twice in the neck and arm.
his home, Hardy had approximately 1 ½ ounces of crack cocaine, which later
tested positive for cocaine base, and $985 in a safe in his bedroom, as well as
instruments consistent with the conversion of cocaine hydrochloride to cocaine
base, such as a crock pot. Hardy also had razor blades, a grinder, a mixer, and
a digital scale. He also possessed two firearms, one of which he used to shoot
TFO Arnold, and one which he kept near the safe with his cash and crack
Arnold was a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Detective and was a deputized DEA Task
Force Officer with the DEA New Orleans, Louisiana Field Office.
Stephen Arnold survived the shooting, he remains completely incapacitated and
receives 24 hour care in an assisted facility.
prosecution was the result of an intensive joint investigation conducted by
Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, and the New Orleans Police Department and the Jefferson Parish