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Fifth District Heroin Dealer Arrested After Multi-Agency Investigation

by Gary S. Scheets

April 8, 2021

Categories: On Duty, On the Beat

Topics: Fifth District, Good Police Work, Narcotics

Fifth District Heroin Dealer Arrested After Multi-Agency Investigation

 A joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NOPD Fifth District, and the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division resulted in the arrest of a large-scale heroin dealer in the Fifth District.

In the last quarter of 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crime Task Force began receiving information about drug activity at the intersection of Tupelo Street and North Claiborne Avenue in the Fifth District.

Investigators identified multiple subjects who were participating in the sale of narcotics while armed at this intersection.

As a result of the investigation, a federal arrest warrant was obtained for Wayne Handy (B/M DOB: 06/21/1991) for weapons violations and drug trafficking.

Handy was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation S.W.A.T. team without incident Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in the 1800 block of Andry Street.

A search warrant was also executed in the 1600 block of Charbonnet Street. During the search of both locations and Handy's vehicle, Investigators located and recovered the following:

  • 944 Grams of heroin containing fentanyl
  • $121,785 U.S. currency
  • Ruger handgun, with high-capacity magazine
  • Draco rifle
  • Digital scales
  • High-capacity drum magazine

At the time of his arrest, Handy was on federal probation for weapons violations.

“This individual was a major source of illegal and dangerous drugs in the Fifth District,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “ I want to thank our partners at the FBI for working so hard to remove this dangerous drug dealer from the streets.”