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Jan 10, 2014 9:44 AM by AP

Suspect convicted of ordering killing of witness

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury convicted a Los Angeles man of orchestrating the killing of a New Orleans witness in order to protect a sprawling, multi-state drug operation.

Federal officials say Quenshey Mitchell, a member of the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crip gang in Los Angeles, was the architect of a widespread and lucrative heroin distribution network in which he would enlist women to transport large quantities of heroin from California to New Orleans.

One woman, Cristina Williams, was arrested in December of 2009 in New Orleans with more than a pound of heroin from Mitchell's supply. Eight months after her arrest, Williams was gunned down inside a car in Los Angeles.

The Times-Picayune reports the jury, after deliberating for under two hours Thursday, found Mitchell guilty of ordering her killing.

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