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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 12, 2014

New Orleans Men Pled Guilty to Heroin Distribution

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that THOMAS HARRISON, age 34, and RODNEY MACK, age 34, both residents of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday to conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. Trial for the remaining five defendants is scheduled for February 23, 2015.

HARRISON is facing a minimum of 20 years up to life imprisonment and has agreed to forfeit over $130,000 of cash/jewelry.  MACK is facing a minimum of 10 years to life imprisonment.  U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set sentencing on March 19, 2015.

On July 25, 2014, HARRISON and MACK 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 $1,200,00 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. 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 December 12, 2014