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August 23, 2011

ERNEST TROCLAIR, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today before U. S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr. to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the court documents, in the year 2009, TROSCLAIR was a heroin dealer supplied by HOWARD LUMAR who was part of a large scale drug distribution network with roots in the B. W. Cooper public housing complex. TROSCLAIR bought multiple ounces of heroin from LUMAR each week which he would “cut” with cutting agents to make more of it and distribute it to lower level retail dealers or addicts some of whom were from the B. W. Cooper public housing project. TROSCLAIR was intercepted on a federal wiretap of LUMAR’s telephone discussing the cost and amount of heroin available. LUMAR, who pleaded guilty last year to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking offense, was an associate of MARK ROSS, LANDRY GRANDISON, and DEWAYNE COOPER in the importation of cocaine hydrochloride and heroin into New Orleans from Houston, Texas. ROSS, LUMAR, GRANDISON, TROSCLAIR and COOPER each have prior federal felony drug or gun convictions.

TROSCLAIR is scheduled to be sentenced on December 14, 2011. He faces up to life imprisonment and at least five (5) years supervised release following imprisonment.

The case was investigated by DEA in collaboration with the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force (HIDTA) and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is an important program which targets the most significant drug trafficking organizations within the United States, as well as those outside of the United States borders that impact drug trafficking within the United States.

The HIDTA Task Force is led by DEA and includes a team of dedicated investigators from the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The NOPD/DEA HIDTA group consists of 6 NOPD detectives and 4 DEA agents. Unlike any other DEA group in the region, the HIDTA group works exclusively in Orleans Parish.

Also assisting in the enforcement operations were the Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the United States Internal Revenue Service, and the Department for Housing and Urban Development-OIG.

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