CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Six people, including a juvenile, were arrested in what the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office is calling the largest-ever heroin seizure in the parish.
The Sheriff's Office said more than a half-pound was seized. Investigators said the group dealing the drugs moved into Chalmette less than two months ago.
Deputies seized $29,000 in cash, a small amount of marijuana and painkillers, Sheriff James Pohlmann said. The heroin seized has an estimated street value of more than $100,000.
The alleged ringleader is Alvin Clay, 28, who moved to Shangri-La Drive in Chalmette in late January. He has a lengthy criminal history that includes a 30-month sentence for drugs and weapons in a New Orleans conviction. When arrested Thursday, Clay was out on bond in New Orleans from recent arrests for possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana.
Clay was booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail with possession with intent to distribute up to 400 grams of heroin, possession of 11 grams of marijuana and possession of the painkiller Tramadol. His bond was set at $250,000.
A woman identified as Clay's girlfriend, Shonika White, 36, of the same address, was booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Tramadol. She is being held in lieu of bond set at $7,500.
Three Chalmette men, Dorian Charles, 19, Keith Payton, 18, and Jimmy White, 24, as well as a juvenile male, were all booked with possession of marijuana.