For the second time in less than three years, Washington Parish Drug Task Force detectives visited the home of a known drug dealer and arrested him for distribution of illegal drugs. Jasper Stephens, 57, a resident of 1408 Lees Creek Road in Bogalusa, was arrested September 8 at his residence. Stephens is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with four counts of Distribution of Schedule II drugs. His bond is set at $75,000.
Stephens’ involvement with the Sheriff’s Office began in August 2011 when he was arrested the first time. Then, in December 2013, Stephens was arrested a second time. The latest arrest occurred yesterday.
The first arrest landed Stephens in jail on August 5, 2011, with his bond set at $5,100 dollars on charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Failure to Appear. He posted bond and was released the same day of his arrest.
The December 19, 2013 arrest of Stephens was the result of an undercover operation by the Drug Task Force. He was arrested and placed in jail on a charge of Distribution of Schedule II drugs with bond set at $75,000. He posted bond and was released the same day.
The latest arrest was also the result of an undercover operation by the Drug Task Force. At this time, Stephens has not posted the $75,000 bond and remains in the Washington Parish Jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Stephens never stopped selling drugs, even after his 2013 arrest. He is a slippery criminal but not slippery enough to avoid arrest forever. It takes time to build a case that will be accepted by the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, but our Drug Task Force detectives are willing to take as long as necessary to build a solid case against a known dope dealer. Mr. Stephens is back in jail, which is exactly where he belongs. I want him to know one thing for certain. Jasper, if you make bond on these latest charges and go back to selling illegal drugs or committing any other crimes, we will eventually catch you again. There is always room for you in the Washington Parish Jail and you are building enough cases to eventually send you to the penitentiary for a very long time. The day that the court sentences you to the penitentiary is the day we will transport you there.
Sheriff Seal continued. “If anyone thinks selling or using illegal drugs is a simple crime that doesn’t affect others, they are naïve and in denial of reality. The illegal drug business is supported by funds gained from burglaries, thefts and other crimes. In most cases, drug users are also criminals who commit other crimes against the honest citizens of Washington Parish. As long as I am Sheriff, we will continue to vigorously pursue and arrest any person involved in the sale or use of illegal drugs.”