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02/12/2014

Multi-Agency Operation Attacks Narcotic Trafficking In Washington Parish

 

 TROOP L NEWS RELEASE

 

 February 10, 2014

 Multi-Agency Operation Attacks Narcotic Trafficking in Washington Parish

 A lengthy investigation involving the Louisiana State Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Bogalusa Police Department resulted in two search warrants and several narcotic arrests in Bogalusa early this morning. 

 Through the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, various criminals participating in drug trafficking in the City of Bogalusa were brought to justice today.  This operation culminated with 23 arrests as well as the seizure of contraband.  Detectives were able to gather information of drug trafficking that led to two search warrants and several arrest warrants for cocaine distribution throughout southeast Louisiana. 

 Louisiana State Police, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, US Customs Border Protection Marine and Air Branch, US Department of Homeland Security, and the Louisiana National Guard Counterdrug Aviation Unit executed search warrants at 1301 Victoria Street and 725 Mississippi Avenue in Bogalusa.  Detectives recovered various amounts of illegal drugs, weapons, and drug paraphernalia.  In addition to the search warrants, several state and federal arrest warrants were issued for individuals having extensive criminal histories. 

 The operation yielded 10 federal narcotic arrests, 13 state felony narcotic arrests, and 5 handguns seized.  Narcotics removed from the streets included marijuana, crack cocaine, and powdered cocaine.   

 The following subjects were arrested on federal arrest warrants for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail:

 

  • Raymond Bridges (age 53)
  • Mary Doughty (age 66)
  • Darin Fields (age 32)
  • Gerard Jackson (age 44)
  • Donelle Pigott (age 50)
  • Donnie Pittman (age 52)
  • Alex Scott (age 32)
  • Torrance Scott (age 35)
  • Walter Vaughn (age 49)
  • Derrick May (age 34)

 

 The following subjects were arrested on state arrest warrants for conspiracy to distribute cocaine:

 

  • Jack Brister (age 68)
  • Richard Brown (age 53)
  • Dominque James (age 23)
  • Kenneth Foster (age 55)
  • Michael Slocum (age 24)
  • Michael Scott (age 47)
  • Larry Cotton (age 47)
  • Charles Smoot (age 31)

 The following subjects were arrested on state arrest warrants for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana:   

 

  • Arthur Phelps (age 50)
  • Jahi Brown (age 21)
  • Anthony Exkano (age 59)

 

The following subjects were arrested on state arrest warrants for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent distribute marijuana, violation of a drug free zone, possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in presence of persons under 17 years of age, possession of CDS with a firearm, possession of firearm by person convicted of certain felonies:

 

  • Brandon Morris (age 31)
  • Angelle Forrest (age 37)

 

The above subjects were booked at the Washington Parish Jail on state charges.  This operation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.  

 This operation exemplifies the importance of law enforcement working together.  "The wreckage caused by drugs affects every American, not just in large cities, but also in small towns and rural areas like Bogalusa and Washington Parish. No matter the amounts of drugs they sell, drug dealers breed crime in our neighborhoods and are a danger to our children,” stated Keith Brown, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration - New Orleans Field Division.  Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal and Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper’s cooperation with state and federal agencies are a testament to their commitment to the citizens of Washington Parish.  Both stated that resources available to the DEA and State Police combined with knowledge and trust from the community is why this operation was such a success.

 Partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are extremely important to Louisiana State Police and play a key part in LSP’s commitment to proactive crime reduction.  We also rely heavily on the citizens of Louisiana, who play an integral role in keeping our streets safe.  Louisiana State Police will continue to develop strong working relationships with law enforcement agencies across all levels in the ongoing effort to curb narcotics violators. “This is yet another great example of what law enforcement can accomplish when we unite for a common purpose,” stated Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.  

 LSP encourages people to use the “See Something, Send Something” application.  It is a free smart phone application which allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo and as written text and sent directly to LA-SAFE (our state’s information fusion center) where the tips and information can be evaluated and then forwarded to law enforcement across the state as needed.  In addition to the “See Something, Send Something” app, anyone wishing to report criminal or suspicious activity to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations can contact detectives at 225-925-3682.  The Louisiana State Police on-line reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.LSP.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

 Contact Information:

M/T Greg Marchand

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section – Troop L

Office: (985) 893-6236

Cell:  (504) 650-5303

Greg.marchand@la.gov

www.LSP.org

www.facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice

 

 
 
 
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