'D-Block' Street Gang Members Charged with Racketeering
On Thursday, December 16, 2010, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, after conducting a coordinated investigation with the NOPD, obtained a racketeering indictment against eleven members of a street gang for conspiring to sell illegal narcotics in furtherance of gang activities.

The gang - known as "6th Ward D-Block" or "D-Block" - is centralized in the 2600 Block of Dumaine.  The organization operates primarily in Zone J of the 1st District, in an area roughly bounded by North Broad Street, Esplanade Avenue, North Claiborne Avenue, and Orleans Avenue.  The organization distributes controlled substances, primarily cocaine and marijuana, but has previously dealt in heroin and ecstasy.

The members of this gang have been implicated robberies, shootings and attempted murders.  Nine of the eleven members have prior felony convictions, and six of the eleven indicted members have cases currently pending in Criminal District Court.  The eleven indicted members are: Lance Prince, 25; Shelton Jackson, 26; Marquin Lewis, 21; Blake Ricks, 21; Nathaniel Brown, 19; Toran Duhon, 20; Darnell Ellis, 20; Jamal Howard, 26; Terrell Muse, 17; Cecil Martin, 19; and Glynn McCormick, 24.

The Louisiana Racketeering Statutes (i.e. La. Rev. Stat. 15:1351 et seq.) have not been used in this manner by local law enforcement to prosecute a street gang in at least a decade.

In response to this indictment, District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro said, “As you can see, cooperation and coordination between the NOPD and the DA’s office is netting results.  This is another progressive reform of our criminal justice system, and we intend to use all the tools in our arsenal to pursue these urban terrorists and take them off of our streets.  As it is written in Louisiana law, ‘it is the right of every person… to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, and physical harm caused by the activities of violent groups and individuals.’  I want to thank Chief Serpas and the NOPD for their hard work and assistance in this endeavor.  Furthermore, I want to let the citizens of New Orleans know that I intend to protect this fundamental right and that we will not limit ourselves to fighting our crime problem one defendant at a time.”

Presently ten of the eleven indicted members of this gang are in custody.  The court has set a bond of $250,000 on each individual.