New Orleans Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Heroin Conspiracy
April 13 (New Orleans, LA) - Ernest Troclair , age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today to ten (10) years in prison by the U. S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr., after pleading guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Duval imposed five (5) years of supervisory release following the term of imprisonment.
In 2009, TROSCLAIRwas a heroin dealer supplied by HOWARD LUMAR who was part of a large scale drug distribution network with roots in the B.W. Cooper public housing complex in New Orleans. TROSCLAIRbought multiple ounces of heroin from LUMAR each week which he would distribute to lower level retail dealers or addicts some in the same public housing project. TROSCLAIR was intercepted on a federal wiretap of LUMAR’s telephone discussing various aspects of the conspiracy involving drug activity between New Orleans and Houston, Texas. TROSCLAIR was one of several associate members of the drug conspiracy who had prior felony drug or gun convictions.
The case was investigated by DEA New Orleans in collaboration with the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force (HIDTA) and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is an important program which targets the most significant drug trafficking organizations within the United States, as well as those outside of the United States borders that impact drug trafficking within the United States.
The HIDTA Task Force is led by DEA and includes a team of dedicated investigators from the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The NOPD/DEA HIDTA group consists of 6 NOPD detectives and 4 DEA agents. Unlike any other DEA group in the region, the HIDTA group works exclusively in Orleans Parish.
Also assisting in the enforcement operations were the Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the United States Internal Revenue Service, and the Department for Housing and Urban Development-OIG.