October 16, 2014
Contact: SA Debbie Webber
Phone Number: (504) 840-1363
Rollin 60s Crips Gang Member Sentenced To Life In Prison For Heroin Conspiracy And Obstruction Of Justice Involving Murder Of A Federal Witness
NEW ORLEANS - Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Keith Brown and United States Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Quenshey Mitchell, a/k/a “Ripper,” “Baby Ripper,” and “Q”, age 37, from Los Angeles, California, was sentenced today to life imprisonment for violating federal heroin trafficking and obstruction of justice laws. Mitchell is a member of the Rollin 60s Crips Gang based in Los Angeles, California.
Following a four-day trial that concluded on January 9, 2014, a federal jury convicted Mitchell of all six counts in the superseding indictment, specifically: one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin; two counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice through murder; two counts of obstruction of justice through murder; and one count of obstruction of justice. The trial evidence showed that Mitchell was the Los Angeles source of supply of multiple kilograms of heroin being transported to New Orleans by female couriers. Cristina S. Williams, who had previously been charged in the Eastern District of Louisiana for her role in transporting heroin, was murdered in Los Angeles on July 29, 2010, as the DEA’s investigation progressed to identify the leaders of the heroin conspiracy. Mitchell was first indicted in New Orleans for his role in the heroin conspiracy, and later, for his role in Ms. Williams’ murder.
U. S. Attorney Polite stated, “Quenshey Mitchell was willing to do anything to protect his heroin trafficking enterprise, including taking the life of a potential witness against him. Today’s sentence ensures that his drug dealing and violence will come to an end, as he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.”
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys William J. Quinlan, Jr. and Harry W. McSherry are in charge of the prosecution.