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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal prosecutor's office says a Texas man pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges stemming from his 2016 arrest in a New Orleans parking lot. U.S. Attorney Duane Evans announced the guilty pleas of 22-year-old Kalique Hardin of Dallas on Wednesday. Hardin pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man accused of killing three people and wounding a fourth in a string of shootings last year has been found incompetent to stand trial. The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports 37-year-old Ryan Sharpe will be transferred to a psychiatric hospital after a judge ruled that he was incompetent to stand trial Tuesday. Sharpe's attorney says doctors found that Sharpe is unable to assist counsel, but they didn't determine Sharpe's mental status during the crimes.

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man has been sentenced to around 13 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs for years near the Louisiana border. News outlets report 46-year-old Patrick "Puppy" Johns, of Picayune, also was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release following his time in prison. Johns pleaded guilty in January to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. Johns is part of a group arrested in 2017 for distributing cocaine and methamphetamine just north of New Orleans.

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A former Louisiana law enforcement officer has admitted distributing marijuana and giving his girlfriend marijuana, alcohol and other items confiscated at traffic stops. District Attorney Warren Montgomery says former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Szalajeski (sal-uh-JES-kee) must serve a year in prison, with more possible if he violates probation afterward. Szalajeski pleaded guilty to two counts each of marijuana distribution and malfeasance in office.

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