DEA takes multi-level approach to fight opioid abuse in New Orleans

WVUE - You may have heard the saying, "There’s no place like New Orleans."  It’s a city unique for just about everything, including the drug trade.

“The traditional organized crime family that’s here and the narcotics organizations here is entrenched in the community,” said DEA Special Agent in-Charge Stephen Azzam.

According to the agency, there are four main cartels that now provide the bulk of heroin on the streets of New Orleans. Those cartels, though, don’t control the drug trade here. Instead, it’s described as the mom and pop drug organizations that have the final say over drug operations in the city.