NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Eight members of the so-called D-Block gang have been indicted on drug and racketeering charges, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
After a year-long investigation involving the NOPD, Orleans Parish District Attorney, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Agency, four members of the gang were arrested on May 11. Another was apprehended a day later by the NOPD VOWS unit.
According to the report, three members of the group were previously incarcerated on unrelated charges, and one remains at large.
"Mayor Cantrell has charged me with delivering real results for the people of New Orleans --- and these arrests are evidence of just that," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. "I take that responsibility to the Mayor and to the people of New Orleans extremely seriously, and I am proud today to stand here with my leadership team and talk to you about results."
Harrison said in the report that he is proud to be able to report tangible success in our fight to make the people of New Orleans safe.
In July of 2017, members of the First District General Assignment Unit, with the assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Drug Enforcement Agency began a narcotics investigation in the 2500 and 2600 blocks of Dumaine Street.
During this time, investigating officers identified nine subjects that were responsible for distributing narcotics from within the blocks.
On May 9, 2018, the officers were able to secure State Grand Jury Indictments for the nine subjects for conspiracy to engage in racketeering acts.
Three subjects Dwayne Jenkins, Gabriel Bell and Brian Lott were already incarcerated when other members of the group were taken into custody
During the operation four additional subjects, Taron Blackmon, Glynn McCormick, Derrick Brumfield and Lawrence Conway, were apprehended.
Wayman Williams was apprehended by the VOWS unit on May 14, 2018
Johnny Johnson is the lone subject that remains at large/.
The Special Operations Divisions executed the search warrants of two target locations:
In the 2500 block of Dumaine Street, SOD Officers located Glynn "Spot" McCormick and Derrick "Young Boy" Brumfield as they attempted to flee the residence through a rear door, according to the report.
Police said a search of the residence uncovered 10.36 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia and nearly $9,000 in cash.
As the search warrant was being executed in the 2500 Dumaine Street, officers conducted a traffic stop on Lawrence "Lo" Conway, who was under surveillance.
A search revealed Conway was in possession of 55 bags of heroin, totaling 13.20 grams, packaged for sale.
First District officers also conducted a traffic stop of Taron "Tee" Blackmon. Blackmon was in possession of 1.16 grams of heroin and $327 in cash.
Another search warrant was executed at Wayman Williams home in the 600 block of North Gayoso Street. According to the report, officers confiscated a quantity of unknown pills, but did not locate Williams during the search. He was later apprehended.
Johnny "J5" Johnson remains at large.
The subjects used the rap group moniker "Money Wave" as a front and cover to conspire to distribute marijuana, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy, Tramadol mainly in the 2500 – 2600 block of Dumaine Street.
"The successful conclusion of this investigation, which culminated in the indictments of these individuals, is a testament to the close, collaborative, and productive working relationship enjoyed by all law enforcement agencies involved," Harrison said.
Operation Wipeout took the following off the streets of New Orleans, according to NOPD:
- Guns – 15
- Marijuana – 3,075.75 grams (6.781 pounds)
- Crack Cocaine – 116.43 grams
- Heroin – 310.76 grams (10 ounces)
- Methamphetamines – 18.90 grams
- Ecstasy – 27.62
- Tramadol pills – 16 grams
- Hydrocodine – 14 grams
- Powder Cocaine – 1.17 grams
- Cash – $35,293