West Bank gang members plead guilty in a Federal drug and murder case

Two new guilty pleas in Superseding Indictment (Source; WVUE graphic)
Two new guilty pleas in Superseding Indictment (Source; WVUE graphic)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two Waggaman men pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin and crack and killing a man as part of their gang's drug trafficking enterprise, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.

Ray Woodruff, 21, and Frankie Hookfin, 24 entered the guilty pleas to two counts of a Superseding Indictment. It charged twelve people with six shootings that killed two people, drug trafficking and weapons violations.

According to Federal prosecutors, Woodruff and Hookfin pleaded guilty to the murder of Emeal Washington. They also admitted their involvement in the murder of Doreatha Richardson.

Court documents portray Woodruff and Hookfin as members of a drug trafficking gang that dealt in significant amounts of heroin and cocaine base on the West Bank.

"Violent offenders have no place on our streets," said U.S. Attorney Polite.  "If you terrorize our communities through drug trafficking and gun violence, just as these defendants did, then you risk being in jail for the rest of your life."

Six members of the group have already pleaded guilty and are waiting to be sentenced.

Terrence Kelley, Clifford Sonnier, Joequell Lewis and Andre Addison are scheduled for trial in the coming months.

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