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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin and Firearms Offenses

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that KALIQUE HARDIN, age 22, of Dallas Texas, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman to three counts of an indictment charging him with, respectively, conspiracy to distribute heroin; possession of heroin with intent to distribute; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  He faces 20 years imprisonment on the heroin charges, and a mandatory five year prison term on the firearms count, to run consecutive to any other sentence imposed on him.

HARDIN was arrested by Louisiana State Police troopers on February 8, 2016, Lundi Gras, in a vehicle parked in a lot in the 1000 block of Bienville Street, along with Lilbear George, Sidney LeBanks, and Basin Wells.  HARDIN was sitting on a located Ruger 9mm pistol with an extended magazine containing 24 live rounds.  Troopers also discovered other guns, heroin, and about $11,000 in cash in the car.

Wells had already pleaded guilty and has been sentenced. George and LeBanks are awaiting trial in this case; Lilbear George also under indictment for the December 18, 2015 murder of Loomis security guard Hector Trochez at the Chase Bank located 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 15, 2018