JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A former judge surrendered to authorities Monday and was booked on racketeering charges in connection with a huge vehicle theft ring that targeted vehicles in Jefferson Parish.
The accused, David Bell, had served as an Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judge until 2010, when he resigned.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Bell is co-owner of a scrap yard on Old Gentilly Road. Investigators said members of the theft ring used the yard to get rid of vehicles.
The scrap other owner, Harry Sorrell, has already pleaded guilty.
In May, a grand jury indicted 13 men accused in an elaborate operation. Investigators said it started in 2009 and involved everything from stealing cars to creating false vehicle identification numbers.
According to the indictment, the ring caused more than $2.5 million in losses to victims in 2014 and 2015 alone.
Detectives are searching for two more suspects in the case: 42-year-old Parrish Norris, of Chalmette; and 27-year-old Keith Nero, of New Orleans.