A man convicted of drug and conspiracy charges for his role in the Young Melph Mafia street gang was sentenced to eight years by a federal judge Wednesday. The term will run at the same time as a 10-year sentence on a state conviction.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Englehardt sentenced Deontre Hills, 22, in the conspiracy that centered on the former Melpomene public housing project.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office said the gang sold crack cocaine in Central City and warred with rival gangs such as the 110’ers.
“This is just another example of how serious the federal government is in helping turn the tide of violence that is occurring in New Orleans,” Polite said. “These local gangs have caused serious harm to the neighborhoods of this city, and the federal government will continue to work with local authorities to bring these individuals to justice.”