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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Conspiracy

MAR 03 (NEW ORLEANS) – Antwine Smith, age 39, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, over one kilogram of heroin. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam and U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced the plea.

Smith was one of twelve defendants charged in a 23-count indictment on July 25, 2014.  According to court documents, this indictment sprung from an investigation into a heroin-trafficking organization operating in New Orleans East.  This organization was responsible for distributing at least 15 kilograms of heroin in the New Orleans area.  As part of the arrests in this case, federal agents have seized from the twelve defendants approximately $1,200,000 in assets (a combination of vehicles, currency, jewelry, and real property) as proceeds made from the sale of heroin.

Smith is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, as well as a possible fine of up to $10,000,000.  Sentencing is set for June 9, 2016.  This case was investigated by the DEA.

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