Thirteen men indicted on federal heroin conspiracy charges in interstate wiretap investigation
10 arrested; 3 remain at large
MARC GUYTON, a/k/a “Gram”, a resident of Algiers, Louisiana; JOSE ITURRES-BONILLA, a/k/a “Ramsey Fabian Crespo”, a resident of Houston, Texas; TERRANCE HENDERSON, a/k/a “Lil T”, a resident of Houston, Texas (originally from New Orleans); HARRY BERRY, a/k/a “Slim”, a resident of Laplace, Louisiana (originally from New Orleans); MCKENZIE WEBER, a/k/a “Mac”, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; CLARENCE HAINES, a/k/a “Knowledge”, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; RAYMOND PORTER, a/k/a “T”, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; RUFFIN MOYE, a/k/a “Boog”, a resident of Algiers, Louisiana; DAMEON THORTON, a/k/a “Damien Thornton” a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; COREY D. WILSON, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, ERNEST T. JONES, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; WAYNE C. JONES, JR., a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; and DORIAN GOINS, a/k/a “Rothstein”, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana (originally from New Orleans), were indicted by a federal Grand Jury in a sealed twenty-seven count indictment involving conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute heroin, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, and use of cell phones to facilitate a drug crime, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
All were arrested by Federal, state and local task force officers and agents, except WILSON, WEBER, and WAYNE C. JONES, who remain at large and who are being sought by authorities.
The original indictment was handed down under seal by a Federal Grand Jury in New Orleans on October 21, 2011, following a lengthy undercover investigation into the distribution of heroin in the New Orleans and Houston areas which lasted more than a year, and which utilized extensive proactive investigative techniques including Federal court-ordered wiretaps of subjects’ telephones. The original indictment remains sealed, but an unsealed, specially-redacted indictment was released today with the arrests ten of the thirteen named defendants. Additional information originally contained in the indictment was redacted or omitted (blacked out passages) with permission from the court in the interest of the ongoing investigation. That investigation continues.
According to the indictment, beginning at a time unknown and but beginning on or about June 21, 2010, in the Eastern District of Louisiana, and continuing through October 20, 2011, the thirteen defendants listed above conspired together and with others to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin. (Count 1)
The indictment also charges the defendant, GUYTON, with distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute heroin on seventeen (17) separate occasions. (Counts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18)
The defendant THORTON, is charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin on four (4) separate occasions. (Counts 2, 3, 4, and 5)
In addition to the conspiracy and distribution charges, GUYTON (Count 19, 20, and 21), ITURRES-BONILLA (Count 25), HENDERSON (Count 26), BERRY (Count 23, 24 and 25), WEBER (Count 19), HAINES (Count 20), PORTER (Count24), MOYE (Count 23), WILSON (Count 27), ERNEST T. JONES Count (28), WAYNE C. JONES, JR. (Count 26) and GOINS (Count 21) are all charged in separate counts with using a telephone to further the conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
All 13 defendants face the forfeiture of money and property which was derived from or used to facilitate the illegal drug activities.
During the course of the conspiracy, more than 1 kilogram of heroin was seized from the defendants, and an additional quantity was obtained during undercover operations.
The conspiracy count both carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten (10) and a maximum term of life imprisonment, a fine of $10,000,000, and a minimum of five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. The possession with intent to distribute counts carry a maximum term of twenty years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000 dollars and at least three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. The telephone counts carry a maximum term of imprisonment of four (4) years, a fine of up to $250,000 and a period of supervised release following any term of imprisonment of one (1) year. Each defendant is subject to a mandatory special assessment of $100.00 as to each count in which they are charged. Further, due to the significant criminal histories of many of the defendants, those defendants may be subject to an enhanced penalty.
United States Attorney Jim Letten offered his thanks and commendation to the cooperating partners of all participating agencies, including HIDTA and the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force, observing:
“Today’s indictment and arrests underscore the critical roles of our partner agencies, and the importance of seamless cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement in identifying, penetrating, and dismantling the interstate networks which help make dangerous drugs available to our citizens–including our most vulnerable and our young people. We will do everything in our power to protect our citizens from this dangerous and addictive traffic.”
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation is being conducted by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group (“HIDTA group”) consisting of DEA, NOPD and ATF agents, the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force, the Louisiana State Police, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Sharan Lieberman and John Murphy.
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