October 26, 2012
Contact: SA Debbie Webber
Phone Number: (504) 840-1363
New Orleans Superseding Indictment Targets Heroin Drug Trafficking Ring
NEW ORLEANS - Marc Guyton and Trace Galle were indicted by a federal Grand Jury today in a superseding indictment containing thirty counts involving conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute heroin, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, and use of cell phones to facilitate a drug crime.
According to the original indictment, issued by the Grand Jury in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the defendants Marc Guyton, Jose Iturres-Bonilla, Terrance Henderson, Harry Berry, Clarence Haines, Terrell Porter, Ruffin Moye, Ernest T. Jones, Wayne C. Jones, Jr. and Dorian Goins did knowingly conspire to distribute kilograms of heroin. The indictment also charged Guyton with distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute heroin on 14 separate occasions. Thorton was charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin on four separate occasions. In addition to the conspiracy and distribution charges, the defendants were charged in separate counts with using a telephone to further the conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute kilogram quantities of heroin. During the course of the conspiracy, more than 1 kilogram of heroin was seized from the defendants.
The superseding indictment, issued today by the Grand Jury, alleges that beginning on or about June 21, 2010 and continuing until October 26, 2012, Trace Galle was part of the conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute kilogram quantities of heroin. Galle was also charged along with Guyton with using a telephone to further the conspiracy to distribute heroin.
The conspiracy count carries a maximum term of life imprisonment, a fine of $10,000,000, and a minimum of five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. The possession with intent to distribute counts carry a maximum term of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000 dollars and at least three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. The telephone counts carry a maximum term of imprisonment of four years, a fine of up to $250,000 and a period of supervised release following any term of imprisonment of one year.
Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in an appropriate court of law.
The investigation was conducted by special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) consisting of DEA, New Orleans Police Department and ATF agents, the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force, the Louisiana State Police, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Sharan Lieberman and John Murphy.