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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin Using Megabus

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that REGINALD WASHINGTON, age 32, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin.  

WASHINGTON was one of eight defendants charged in a 21-count Superseding Indictment on September 18, 2015.  According to court documents, this Superseding Indictment resulted from an FBI investigation into a heroin-trafficking organization operating primarily around Loyola Avenue and Harmony Street in Central City.  The sources of heroin for this organization traveled via Megabus from Houston to New Orleans, carrying half-kilogram quantities of heroin for distribution in the New Orleans area. 

As a result of a prior felony drug offense, WASHINGTON is facing not less than 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, as well as a possible fine of up to $8,000,000.  U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier will sentence WASHINGTON on October 13, 2016. 

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force (NOGTF), Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Long is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 23, 2016

Drug Trafficking