New federal charges for 'Harvey Hustlers,' Westbank gang accused - FOX 8, WVUE,, weather, app, news, saints

January 2014 Shooting Scene

New federal charges for 'Harvey Hustlers,' Westbank gang accused of drugs and violence

(WVUE) -

A federal grand jury indicts members of a violent Westbank gang on new charges related to alleged acts that they're accused of committing while trafficking drugs. Members of the Harvey Hustlers gang were arrested in 2014 following a police chase and shoot out that started in Gretna and ended in Orleans Parish.

According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, the grand jury handed up Thursday an indictment against Harry Smoot, 30, Frankie Hookfin, 23, Ray Woodruff, 21, Andre Addison,23, Lance Singleton, 24, Terrance Kelley, 28, Isaac Smith, 21, Joequell Lewis, 27, Chris Brown, 32, Richard Thomas, 39, Terrell Wade, 39, and Clifford Sonnier, 25. All of them live in Jefferson Parish.

Six of the men were indicted on three counts of murder each. Four of them face multiple weapons charges including two counts of discharging a firearm and all 12 face drug conspiracy charges. All are in custody awaiting trial.

If convicted of any of the murders, the men will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. If convicted of any additional shootings, they face a mandatory sentence of 10 years of imprisonment to be served consecutive with any other sentence. All are facing 10 years to life and a $10,000,000 fine if convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly