18 indicted for heroin drug trafficking conspiracy

A 39-page federal indictment has been unsealed against 18 different defendants in a case known as "Operation Dirty Bird."  The investigation is said to have been undertaken by federal investigators who were working with state and local law enforcement. Operation Dirty Bird is reported to reference a large scale drug trafficking conspiracy. It is based out of the state of Louisiana.

The defendants were indicted on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking, firearms violations, conspiracy and other charges. Over 1.5 kilos of heroin was allegedly seized, along with large amounts of crack, oxycodone, meth, firearms, vehicles and $314,000. The defendants are facing long prison terms, as well as fines and loss of the property that was allegedly gained by illegal means. They range in age from 26 to 63.

The Resident Agent-In-Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in Baton Rouge declared that the ATF is proud to have been a part of this operation. The claim is that by removing the defendants from the streets, law enforcement has successfully protected the neighborhood. The operation is overseen by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the DEA, the FBI and the ATF. Many different sheriff's offices and police departments from Louisiana were also a part of the investigation.

Anyone who has been arrested or indicted on drug trafficking charges in the state of Louisiana or at the federal level could benefit from seeking the advice of legal counsel. An experienced criminal law attorney can help the accused fight for a fair trial and strive to achieve the most favorable result. Drug charges and drug possession can be fought against successfully.

Source:, "Operation results in federal indictment against 18 defendants in", Ariana Triggs, March 22, 2017

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