Special grand jury indicts 9 suspects for trafficking narcotics in Upper 9th Ward
November 13, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday secured an indictment charging nine people with involvement in a large narcotics trafficking ring operating in New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward.

The 22-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish special grand jury names group members who allegedly conspired to obstruct justice and conspired to deal heroin and cocaine in the St. Claude neighborhood.

New Orleans police said the group sold the illicit drugs since last December, primarily near the intersection of France and North Villere streets. Some members of the group resumed selling narcotics after bonding out of jail from previous arrests, while others continued efforts to obstruct the investigation through instructions delivered on monitored and recorded jailhouse phone calls over the past week.

Among those indicted and pictured above are (top row, from left) Alvin Polk, 33; Romaine Raymond, 31; and Randy Marshall, 46; (center) Mercedes Spinks, 36; and (bottom row, from left) Terrance C. Johnson, 43; Kenneth Franklin, 27; and Elwood Hall, 47. Also indicted but not pictured are Sade Francois and Luther Marshall.

All but Luther Marshall are scheduled for arraignment on the charges Thursday (Nov. 14). Luther Marshall, who remains at large, tentatively is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 26. Bonds for the arrested suspects, ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million, were set by Criminal District Judge Camille Buras.

New Orleans police seized more than 91 grams of heroin, more than 14 grams of cocaine, seven guns (at least one of which was stolen) and more than $22,000 during their execution of search and arrest warrants in connection with the alleged drug ring.

Assistant District Attorneys Irena Zajickova, Alex Calenda and John Nickel presented the case to the grand jury. The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office prepared the case in collaboration with the NOPD’s Major Case Narcotics unit.

To view the indictment in its entirety, click here.