It is never a good idea to represent yourself when your life is on the line. Don “Poo” Hayes of New Orleans doesn’t care. With five felony drug and gun convictions on his record, Hayes faced life in prison on Tuesday, as he stood trial for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. However, after consultation from a public defender, he decided to defend himself…and won.
The New Orleans Advocate provided background details of Hayes’ predicament:
The case stemmed from an investigation in which a confidential informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration called Hayes to set up a drug purchase Sept. 18 at Hayes’ house in the 1900 block of Alvar Street in the Upper 9th Ward. The informant paid $300 for a plastic bag containing heroin, authorities said.
DEA Special Agent Joseph Blackledge then secured a search warrant for the house, turning up four digital scales, more plastic baggies and spent bottles of mannitol, a cutting agent, along with a “residual” amount of heroin.