Alleged drug traffickers plead guilty to charges

Two New Orleans men and a Slidell man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to being part of a drug ring that trafficked heroin in New Orleans East.

Michael David Sorina Jr., 35, of Slidell, and Larry Hardy, 48, and Terrell Carney, 33, both of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

The three were among a dozen people charged July 25 in a 23-count indictment.

According to court documents, they were part of a heroin trafficking organization in the East that sold at least 15 kilograms of the drug around the city.

Authorities said they seized about $1.2 million in assets — including vehicles, currency and jewelry — from the members of the alleged organization that were bought with money they got from the sale of heroin.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will sentence the men Feb. 19.

Pair sought in burglary attempt at school

Police are trying to identify two men suspected of trying to break into a Gentilly school.

The unknown men tried to make their way into Mary Coghill Elementary School in the 4600 block of Mirabeau Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

The men apparently used a crowbar to break a window in the school’s courtyard, police said. Neither man was able to get into the school, and they fled on foot.

Both men wore pink gloves that might have been stolen in a previous burglary in the area, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Raionda Edgerson at (504) 658-6030.

Men sought in burglary of N.O. businesses

Two men are being sought in connection with the burglary of a Gentilly cellphone business and a New Orleans East seafood restaurant.

The Gentilly burglary happened about 4:40 a.m. Thursday at the Boost Mobile store in the 3100 block of Gentilly Boulevard.

The unknown men parked a white Chevrolet Suburban in front of the store and hopped out with their hands and faces covered.

They pried open the front door, opened a safe and fled with an unknown amount of cash, police said.

The New Orleans East burglary happened about 4:10 a.m. Friday. The men pried open the door of Castnet Seafood, 10826 Hayne Blvd., and stole more than $1,700 from the cash registers.

The men were seen on surveillance video leaving the business in a white Chevrolet Suburban.

Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to contact Detective Raionda Edgerson at (504) 658-6030 or Detective Perrin Gaines at (504) 658-6070.

N.O. police investigate two armed robberies

New Orleans police on Friday were investigating these armed robberies:

11:42 p.m. Thursday in the 4300 block of State Street Drive: Two men walked up to a 37-year-old woman and demanded her money and car keys. She handed over the keys, and the men ran away.

12:26 a.m. Friday at St. Denis Street and Elysian Fields Avenue: A 24-year-old man was making a withdrawal from an ATM when a car pulled up. A man got out, walked up to the victim and demanded his money. The robber fled in the car, a red Chevrolet, which had three other men inside.

Last sentence handed down in NOAH scandal

A federal judge this week handed down the final sentence in a post-Katrina scandal involving New Orleans Affordable Homeownership, a city anti-blight program.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle sentenced Trellis Smith to three years of probation and ordered him to pay $133,000 in restitution.

Smith pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks to Stacey Jackson, who was NOAH's director.

The sentencing came just weeks after Jackson was sentenced to five years in prison for taking bribes from Smith and other contractors.

A federal investigation ensued, and eventually four contractors and two NOAH employees, including Jackson, were charged.