TWO NEW ORLEANS MEN SENTENCED IN HEROIN CONSPIRACY
LEONARD WHITE, age 31, and DEWAYNE COOPER, age 38, residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, were sentenced today by U. S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. for their participation in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and cocaine hydrochloride, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
COOPER, who pled guilty on February 2, 2011 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, was sentenced to 240 months in prison. In 1996, COOPER was convicted in federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana for conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride. COOPER’s sentence was the mandatory minimum required by law for a defendant previously convicted of a felony drug offense. WHITE, who pled guilty on February 2, 2011 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
According to court documents, the investigation which led to COOPER and WHITE’s arrests and convictions was rooted in the heroin trafficking activities of WILLIAM STEVENSON in the B.W. Cooper public housing development. During 2009, STEVENSON supplied multiple individual distributors with “bundles” of heroin (25 gram bags of individual foils filled with heroin) on a daily basis for distribution to addicts in B.W. Cooper Housing Development. COOPER was an associate of STEVENSON’s Texas based heroin supplier, LANDRY GRANDISON. COOPER and GRANDISON conspired to obtain wholesale amounts of cocaine and heroin for distribution to others, including STEVENSON.
WHITE, a cocaine dealer, was STEVENSON’s cousin. According to court documents, STEVENSON assisted WHITE in finding a supply of cocaine hydrochloride. STEVENSON, along with the assistance of his associates, introduced WHITE to KEVIN TYLER who WHITE admitted gave him a kilogram of cocaine hydrochloride. TYLER, who was indicted in the conspiracy with WHITE and COOPER on November 5, 2010, remains a fugitive.
ALVIN BARNES remains the only defendant in this case of over 20 defendants still pending trial. The trial against BARNES is set for December 12, 2011.
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).
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. 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. 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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