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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 5, 2018

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Offenses

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BASIN WELLS, age 30, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to both counts of the indictment charging him, respectively, in count 1 with conspiracy to possess heroin with the intent to distribute and in count 2 with with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

WELLS faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a one million dollar fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment fee for both counts.

WELLS was arrested by Louisiana State Police Troopers on February 8, 2016, Lundi Gras, in a parking lot in the French Quarter with three others: Lilbear George, Sidney Lebanks, and Kalique Hardin, all of whom possessed guns, heroin, and cash.  Lilbear George is also under indictment for the December 18, 2013, murder of Loomis Armored US security guard Hector Trochez at the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne Avenues.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Louisiana State Police in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 6, 2018