Denzel Lee

Denzel Lee, 27, was indicted on gun and drug charges on Feb. 28, 2018. A picture of co-defendant Winston Williams was not immediately available. (OPSO)

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Two men accused of being street gang members were indicted on gun and drug charges last week, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Winston "Spook" Williams, 24, and Denzel Lee, 27, are members of a street gang from the former Calliope housing development, also known as B.W. Cooper, which has been engaged in a bloody turf war with the rival Byrd Gang in Central City.

Neither Williams nor Lee was charged with street gang membership or a crime of violence last week, however. Criminal District Court Judge Paul Bonin unsealed the seven-count indictment on Tuesday after Lee’s arrest over the weekend in Florida.

In the first two counts of the indictment, Williams and Lee were each charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana on Feb. 6 of this year.

Williams was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also charged on two counts of illegal possession of a stolen handgun for having a stolen .40-caliber Beretta pistol and 9mm Glock pistol last month.

Lee was charged with illegal possession of a 9mm Sarmco pistol.

Prosecutors said Lee was in custody at the Orleans Justice Center at the time of the indictment and will be arraigned Thursday before Criminal District Court Judge Darryl Derbigny. His bail is set at $300,000.

Meanwhile, U.S. marshals arrested Williams at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in southern Florida on Saturday. His arraignment is March 19. His bail is set at $500,000.

A special grand jury handed up the indictment against Williams and Lee at the same time that it charged three alleged members of the Byrd Gang on drug counts.

“This is a small part of a bigger case ... that’s going to really help stop the gun violence that’s been going on in the 6th District,” Deputy Police Superintendent Paul Noel said last week. The 6th District covers all of Central City.

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