N.O. man sentenced in heroin overdose death

3 sentenced for heroin conspiracy (Image Source: Raycom)
3 sentenced for heroin conspiracy (Image Source: Raycom)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A federal judge sentenced a New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for selling heroin to a person who died of an overdose.

According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Englehardt sentenced Malcolm Bolden, 20, to 300 months in prison plus five years of supervised release. According to a news release, Judge Englehardt read a letter from the victim's mother as he pronounced the sentence.

The judge also sentenced Bolden, Noel Jones and Terrell Dyer for their roles in the conspiracy to distribute heroin.

"I applaud Judge Engelhardt for imposing such lengthy sentences in this case," stated U.S. Attorney Polite. "Moreover, I share his sentiments regarding the heroin epidemic that we are experiencing both regionally and nationally. As the overdose death in this case illustrates, heroin trafficking is not a victimless crime."

Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration, NOPD and FBI worked the case using multiple wiretaps and undercover heroin purchases.

Court documents say the defendants were running their operation out of a house in eastern New Orleans. The investigation found customers called the defendants "dope phones" to place their heroin orders.

According to the record, in July 2013, a wiretap intercepted calls from a person who had recently been through treatment for heroin addiction. That person died later that day of a heroin overdose.

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