NOPD nab drugs, prostitution suspects

A prostitution arrest on April 10 led New Orleans police officers and FBI agents to seize more than $30,000 of marijuana Wednesday from a North Johnson Street home, police said Thursday.

On April 10, officers arrested Kayla Francis, 17, no address available, on a count of prostitution in the 200 block of Royal Street after tracking an ad on a website that offered sex in exchange for money, police spokeswoman Remi Braden said in a news release.

Francis told police Lydell Hinton, 27, no address available, was her handler, and on Wednesday, authorities obtained a search warrant for Hinton and a house on North Johnson, Braden said.

FBI agents saw Hinton leaving the house and followed him until New Orleans police stopped and arrested him without incident, even though they found a loaded handgun on the driver’s seat of the vehicle he was riding in, Braden said.

Officers then entered the house and found Cedric Robins, 34, no address available, a loaded handgun and more than $30,000 in marijuana, some of which police described as “high-grade,” Braden said.

Francis was booked with prostitution into Orleans Parish Jail, Braden said.

Hinton was booked with pandering, illegal possession of a dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, Braden said.

Robins was booked with illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of narcotics, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Braden said.