NOPD, DA, announces arrests of so-called 'D-Block' gang members

Chris Miller
May 15, 2018 - 4:49 pm

A months-long investigation has led to the arrest and indictment of an alleged heroin-smuggling operation in New Orleans.

The gang, calling itself "D-Block," operated in Treme and trafficked in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills, marijuana, and ecstasy. Authorities say they also seized several illegal weapons.

"We are very pleased to have taken out this network of brazen drug traffickers that operated with impunity on the streets of Treme," District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said. "We have seen time and time again how narcotics trafficking spawns gun violence and forces our residents to cower in fear inside their own neighborhoods."

The D.A.'s office says they consider all but one of the defendants, 17-year-old Derrick Brumfield, to be career criminals. The D.A.'s office released the following information on the suspects:

  • Glynn McCormick, 31, aka "Spot." McCormick has four second-class drugs and weapons charges pending in Orleans Parish. At the time of his indictment, McCormick was out on bond after being caught with 227 grams of powdered heroin, weapons including an assault-style rifle, and $14,100 in cash. At the time of his arrest last weekend, McCormick was bagging up heroin in the 2500 block of Dumaine Street, and had $8,000 in his vehicle. Additional bags of heroin were found hidden on his body during his intake at the Orleans Justice Center jail. Under the habitual offender law, McCormick faces 99 to 198 years in prison if convicted of racketeering.
  • Lawrence Conway, 37, aka "Lot" and "Lo." Conway was out on bond at the time of his indictment with three pending second-class drugs and weapons charges. He was found to have 50 bags of heroin in his underwear upon his OJC jail intake and faces 66 1/2 to 100 years if convicted.
  • Taron Blackmon, 30, who has a 2008 federal weapons conviction, a 2009 shooting conviction and a 2014 arrest for second-degree murder (found not guilty by a jury in 2017). Blackmon also has two pending drugs and guns cases in Orleans Parish and faces 66 1/2 to 100 years if convicted of racketeering.
  • Gabriel Bell, 30, has four pending second-class drugs and guns cases in CDC. He faces 66 1/2 to 100 years if convicted of racketeering.
  • Brian Lott, 24, has four pending felony cases -- three in Orleans Parish and one in Jefferson Parish. He also was out on bond until his April 26 arrest.
  • Johnny Johnson, 38, aka "J5." As of midday Tuesday, Johnson was the lone defendant still at large.
  • Wayman Williams, 30.
  • Dwayne Jenkins, 31, aka "Whitey."
  • Derrick Brumfield, 17.

Bond for eight of the defendants was set at $500,000 each, while Brumfeld, owing to his lack of adult criminal history, had his bond set at $100,000.

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