NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Eleven people pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to heroin trafficking. Investigators say the group operated out of a home in New Orleans East. Two of the defendants also pleaded guilty to charges related to a drug overdose death.
The multi-agency investigation involved wire and cell phone taps.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says Malcolm Bolden, Terrell Davis, Ernest Diaz, Percy Depron, Terrell Dyer, Noel Jones, Arthur McKinnis, Melvin Smith and Terence Taylor pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin in the New Orleans area. Those charges carry a sentence between 10 years and life in prison.
Taylor and Bolden also face 20 years to life in prison, after pleading guilty to distribution of heroin resulting in an overdose death.
Two other defendants pleaded guilty to charges related to discussing heroin-related matters over the phone, to help the group's drug trafficking efforts. Narcisse Trotter and Aaronisha Lewis face a sentence of up to four years in prison, per count.
Sentencing for all 11 defendants is set for June 24. A 12th person in the case, Theodore Griffin, is set to go to trial on May 4.