(WVUE) - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says Leroy Smith, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of acetyl fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin.
Smith also pleaded guilty to possessing firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking activities. At the time of his arrest on July 13, he had heroin, drug paraphernalia, almost $3,000 in cash and multiple loaded guns.
Prosecutors say Smith and others sold fentanyl – a highly addictive narcotic – and heroin to over 20 different customers in the New Orleans area.
Smith and his associates received the drugs from China. Law enforcement intercepted one of the shipments of fentanyl, and say Smith planned to sell the drug as heroin in the New Orleans area.
Smith faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, with a possibility of a life sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 2.