- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 30-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a 61-year-old man has pleaded guilty in connection with a New Orleans heroin ring.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) says Melvin Smith had pleaded guilty earlier in the case which brought Theodore Griffin’s guilty plea Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the ring used Griffin’s home in eastern New Orleans to meet with heroin suppliers, maintain a heroin stash, and provide heroin to other dealers. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt scheduled his sentencing Dec. 9.

Another defendant is scheduled for trial Sept. 28.

Prosecutors say a wiretap intercepted a series of calls about selling heroin to someone who had recently been through addiction treatment and who died that day from a heroin overdose.

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