News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Roberto Bryan
Number: (504) 840-1360

Federal Indictment Unsealed In Federal Court Today Naming 10 Defendants In Drug Conspiracy

JUL 16 -- (NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) -THOMAS G. WILLIAMS a/k/a/ “Cuz,” age 32, a resident of Houston, MARLON WILLIAMS, a/k/a “Tangy”, a/k/a “Tingy”, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, LATOYA JORDAN, a/k/a “T”, age 29, a resident of Houston, Texas, TREMELL ARMSTEAD, a/k/a “Mel,” age 32, COREY TOLIVER, a/k/a “Woog”, age 30, JOHN DOMINO, JR, a/k/a “JD”, age 47, a resident of Houma, Louisiana, ZERRON NEALY, a/k/a “Boss a/k/a “Zee” age 37, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, HERBERT KEYS, III, a/k/a “Keys” age 35, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana,  BRANDON E. TURNER, a/k/a “Bubba” age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, and JEFFERY G. TERRANCE a/k/a “Jeff”,  age 35, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, were charged in a 12-Count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act involving the trafficking of heroin, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

The indictment was returned by a Federal Grand Jury on July 8, 2010 and remained under seal until yesterday, when six of the defendants were arrested by law enforcement and made their initial appearances before United States Magistrate Judge Louis Moore.  ARMSTEAD and NEALLY are fugitives pending their arrest.   HERBERT KEYS and BRANDON TURNER are currently incarcerated in St. Tammany Parish on state charges and will be brought in to answer the federal charges against them.  According to the indictment, from approximately March, 2008 until approximately July 1, 2010, the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.

On July 14, 2010, Special Agents and Task Force Officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, U.S. Marshals Service, and U. S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested a total of twenty-one (21) defendants (which includes 13 defendants to be prosecuted by state authorities).  Additionally, evidence was seized during the execution of four federal search warrants in Louisiana and one in Houston, Texas. 

If convicted of the overall conspiracy charge to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at more than two kilograms of heroin, all named defendants face a minimum term of 10 years imprisonment and maximum term of life imprisonment, a $4,000,000.00 fine, five years of supervised release following any imprisonment, and a $100.00 special assessment.

THOMAS G. WILLIAMS further faces a further faces a minimum term of 5 years and maximum term of 40 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000.00 fine, three years of supervised release following any imprisonment, and a $100.00 special assessment if convicted as to Count 2.

JOHN DOMINO, Jr.  further faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and maximum term of life imprisonment, a $1,000,000.00 fine, three years of supervised release following any imprisonment, and a $100.00 special assessment if convicted as to Counts 3-11 for distributing a quantity of heroin.

In addition, five defendants, THOMAS G. WILLIAMS, MARLON WILLIAMS,, LATOYA JORDAN, TREMELL ARMSTEAD, JEFFERY G. TERRANCE, were charged with possession with intent to distribute a kilogram of more of heroin and faces a minimum term of 10 years imprisonment and maximum term of life imprisonment, a $4,000,000.00 fine, five years of supervised release following any imprisonment, and a $100.00 special assessment if convicted as to Count 12.

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Boitmann and W. Scott Laragy.