Wiretapping leads to kingpin's indictment
BATON ROUGE - Twenty-six people were indicted by a grand jury on charges related to a nearly year-long investigation. Most of the indictments were for racketeering connected to the drug trade.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore told WBRZ News 2 multiple agencies had a hand in the takedown, which included wiretapped phones. Baton Rouge Police, West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency worked to gain access to conversations the defendants were having.
Moore says it took a long time to go through the recorded phone calls and text messages.
Of the 26 people, 15 face the racketeering charges. Others face charges for possession of weapons and pills.
The accused ringleader, Cornelius Wilson of Baton Rouge, faces the most charges. He's already in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison following another drug arrest.