CrimeTracker: 11 alleged members of 'young melph mafia' indicted, 2 at large

Published: Aug. 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 at 5:43 PM CDT
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Alfred Cobbins, 22 (Source: U.S. Attorney's Office)
Alfred Cobbins, 22 (Source: U.S. Attorney's Office)
Jawan Fortia, 22 (Source: U.S. Attorney's Office)
Jawan Fortia, 22 (Source: U.S. Attorney's Office)

Federal authorities unsealed a six-page indictment Friday listing 11 defendants.

All are suspected members of the "young melph mafia," and a law enforcement source tells FOX 8 they're suspected in a number of shootings in the Central City area.

Two of the men indicted are still at large. Police are searching for 22-year-old Alfred Cobbins and 22-year-old Jawan Fortia.

The feds say all 11 defendants grew up in the Melpomene Housing Development and engaged in high-level drug dealing over the course of several years. They say the gang routinely carried firearms to protect themselves.

This federal case is just one of several working its way through the criminal justice system. Late Wednesday afternoon, a man accused of being a member of the "110er gang" was convicted in Criminal District Court of second-degree murder. Demond "Lil D" Sandifer was one of 15 people charged in a sweeping gang indictment in 2013 by the New Orleans District Attorney's Office.

Sandifer became the first defendant to go to trial since authorities unleashed the multi-defendant prosecutions using a state racketeering statute.

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