Heroin is a hot topic in our society today, as it has transcended impoverished, Black neighborhoods and now ravages White, suburban areas. The drug is most commonly found in powder form, which is cooked, then injected into the bloodstream by needle. Heroin in pill form has recently grabbed the attention of mainstream news outlets, and presents an easier, less painful way to consume the deadly narcotic. Authorities in Baton Rogue have taken a major step in curing the flow of heroin pills into communities by taking down members of a major operation there.
At the top of the month, Daryl D. Walker, pleaded guilty in court before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson. He confessed to possessing 6,000 heroin pills with intent to distribute, as well as a sawed-off shotgun. According to the feds, the pills were collectively worth $180,000, on the street.
The drug outfit that Walker belonged to shipped dope from Mexico to California, where it was pressed to resemble oxycodone pills, which are more expensive than heroin. The pills were then shipped to Baton Rogue, where slinging the pills as oxycodone allowed the group to charge $30 a pop per pill.
Most of the major players in the case are awaiting trial, including 32-year-old Aaron Lambert, of Baton Rouge. Aerial surveillance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed the delivery of heroin to Walker by Lambert, according to [U.S. Attorney Walt] Green.
“My office, together with our federal, state and local partners, will continue efforts to eliminate drug trafficking and the significant harmful effects on our community resulting from heroin distribution and use,” Green pledged.
Walker faces a maximum of 50 years in prison for his dealings. He is scheduled for sentencing on August 4.