Heroin in Carrollton

The Carrollton neighborhood suffered through a heroin epidemic in the 1970s. Drug-related crime wreaked havoc throughout the neighborhood. In one of the more dramatic encounters in Carrollton between police and drug dealers, one man fired upon officers while fleeing his wrecked car at Hickory and Leonidas. Heroin use would decline throughout the U.S. in the 1980s as cocaine and crack became the drugs of choice.

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Two Arrested in Opium Case

Two Arrested in Opium Case

In early June of 1971, two men were arrested for possession of over twenty lbs. of smoking opium. The first suspect was arrested at N. Carrollton and Bienville Streets with four lbs. on him. He informed the officers about his accomplice, who was soon arrested. Police confiscated sixteen lbs. of opium from the second suspect. Smoking opium is closely related to heroin. Image Courtesy of The Times-Picayune. View File Details Page

$3,5000 Heroin Seized; Couple is Arrested

$3,5000 Heroin Seized; Couple is Arrested

In late 1972 a man and woman were arrested in Carrollton with a large quantity of heroin. They were taken into custody at 7918 Olive St, after narcotics detectives received a tip. Image Courtesy of The Times-Picayune. View File Details Page

Tougher Heroin Law Offered

Tougher Heroin Law Offered

In March 1973, Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi submitted a bill in the U.S. Senate that would establish mandatory minimum sentences for heroin possession and distribution. These sentences could range from five years to life. While the bill did not become law, it demonstrated the mood of politicians towards drug pushers and users. 1973 was the same year the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws were enacted in New York state. Image Courtesy of The Times-Picayune. View File Details Page

Suspect Is Found Guilty In $35,000 Heroin Case

Suspect Is Found Guilty In $35,000 Heroin Case

In early October 1974, Raymond Perique was convicted of possession of $36,000 worth of heroin and given a mandatory life sentence. Earlier that year, Perique had fired two shots at pursuing officers as he fled his wrecked car at Leonidas and Hickory Streets in Carrollton. Prosecutors made an example of Perique and refused his attempted plea. Image Courtesy of The Times-Picayune. View File Details Page

Police Report

Police Report

Two young men from the Carrollton neighborhood were arrested by officers at Cohn and Adams St, right next to St. Mary Cemetery. The suspects were found with over 100 pieces of tin-foil that contained heroin. Even as the 1970s came to a close, heroin remained a problem in Carrollton. Image Courtesy of The Times-Picayune. View File Details Page

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Hank Staples on Crime in Carrollton

By the 1970s, heroin use was a major problem in Carrollton. Along with the drug scourge came other criminal activities, ranging from petty theft to violent crime.
Maple Leaf Bar co-owner Hank Staples talks about crime in the Carrollton neighborhood and provides insight on who was involved and what roles they played.

Video Courtesy of Dr. Michael Mizell-Nelson. Department of History. The University of New Orleans. View File Details Page

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Kyle Willshire, “Heroin in Carrollton,” New Orleans Historical, accessed April 30, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/390.
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