Posted: Oct 19, 2012 1:58 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man once described by police as one of New Orleans' most dangerous criminals and a dozen alleged associates have been indicted on charges they operated a violent drug ring that murdered rivals, intimidated witnesses and generated millions of dollars in proceeds.
A federal racketeering indictment unsealed Friday against 36-year-old Telly Hankton and 12 other defendants includes murder charges stemming from four killings.
Hankton already is serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in state court. He now faces federal charges that are punishable by a death sentence.
Hankton's mother, Shirley Hankton, is charged with conspiring to launder money for the drug ring and lying to a federal grand jury.
Prosecutors are seeking to forfeit at least $43.2 million in assets from the defendants if they are convicted.