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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guilty Pleas in Heroin Trafficking Organization

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANTOINETTE KELLY, age 32, and AMBROSE WILLIAMS, age 43, both of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

On July 25, 2014, KELLY and WILLIAMS were two of 12 defendants charged in a 23-count indictment. According to court documents, this investigation targeted a heroin trafficking organization operating in New Orleans East. This organization was responsible for distributing at least 15 kilograms of heroin in New Orleans.  Agents seized approximately $1,200,000 in assets (a combination of vehicles, currency, jewelry and real property) from members of this drug trafficking organization that were acquired with proceeds made from the sale of heroin.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier scheduled sentencing on March 5, 2015. KELLY is facing up to 20 years imprisonment and WILLIAMS is facing 10 years to life imprisonment. Trial is scheduled for February 23, 2015, for the seven remaining defendants.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney J. Collin Sims is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated November 26, 2014