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Five charged in New Orleans heroin trafficking ring case

(Source: Associated Press) (Source: Associated Press)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

Federal prosecutors announced a grand jury indictment against five members of an alleged heroin trafficking ring operating in the St. Roch neighborhood.

The indictment charges the defendants with serious drug trafficking offenses.

“Our office, together with the FBI and our other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, will aggressively pursue those who contribute to the heroin epidemic raging across our communities and country," U.S. Attorney Walt Green of the Middle District of Louisiana said.

Those charged include:

• Miguel L. Joseph, also known as “Pretty,” age 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin; distribution of heroin; unlawful use of a communications facility; and forfeiture.

• Edward Lawrence, also known as “Burger,” age 32, of New Orleans, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin; distribution of heroin; unlawful use of a communications facility; and forfeiture.

• Vantrell Toomer, age 44, of Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute heroin; and forfeiture.

• Michelle Marie Jefferson, age 31, of New Orleans, Louisiana, is charged with charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin; unlawful use of a communications facility; and forfeiture.

• Danielle Denise Taylor, age 42, of New Orleans, Louisiana, is charged with charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin; and forfeiture. 

The alleged crimes are being investigated by the FBI New Orleans Division's Gang Task Force, with the assistance of New Orleans police and several other law enforcement agencies.

“The FBI and the people of New Orleans will not tolerate the scourge of gang activity including narcotics distribution and violence which accompanies this behavior," FBI New Orleans Division Special Agent-in-Charge Jeff Sallet said.

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