Maj. Gary Driskell and Capt. John Kahl of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office are the fourth and fifth from the left. At the podium announcing the results of the operation are Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, left, and Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout. The officers were not identified.
(Submitted Photo courtesy of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division helped agencies from four parishes seize more than $44,000 worth of illegal drugs and make 110 arrests over a four-day period, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
The sheriff’s office participated in Operation Ghostbusters, a multi-agency four-day effort to remove illegal narcotics and guns from the streets, the release stated.
From Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, the combined efforts of agencies from four parishes resulted in 110 arrests. Agencies seized a total of four guns and over $44,000 in crack cocaine, methamphetamine, synthetic cannabinoids, and other illegal substances, the release said.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Maj. Gary Driskell and Narcotics Division Commander Capt. John Kahl attended a press conference Wednesday in Carencro announcing the outcome of the operation which was initiated by the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force.
Other agencies involved in the four-day operation were Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Lafayette City Marshal’s Office, Probation and Parole, and the Lafayette, Opelousas, Crowley, Scott, Broussard, Carencro, and Duson police departments, the release said.
Hebert reported responding to 42 complaints and reports the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—A juvenile male, 15, of Bayou Vista, was arrested at 11:22 a.m. Wednesday for domestic abuse battery and simple assault. A deputy investigating a complaint of an ungovernable juvenile learned that the teen hit a phone charger causing the wire to strike a female victim in the face. The juvenile also made verbal threats toward the victim. The juvenile was released to a guardian pending juvenile court proceedings.
—James G. Perry Jr., 27, of the 400 block of Leo Street in Patterson, was arrested at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of expired motor vehicle inspection and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Perry was located at his residence, jailed and released on $5,000 bail.
—David Aucoin Jr., 18, of the 300 block of Second Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 11:08 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of possession of Schedule I. A deputy located Aucoin at the St. Mary Parish Courthouse in Franklin, and he was jailed. No bail is set.
—Two juvenile males, 15 and 16, both of Patterson, were arrested at 8:08 p.m. Wednesday for theft of goods. A deputy responded to a complaint of two people shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy learned from store personnel that the two teenagers were seen concealing items on their persons before attempting to leave the store without paying for the goods. Both juveniles were released to guardians pending juvenile court proceedings.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests:
—Elvin Phillips, 55, of Morgan City, was arrested at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, and simple criminal damage to property
Police were dispatched to a residence on Federal Avenue in regard to someone kicking in a door. When officers arrived the victim stated that the suspect kicked in the door, entered the residence, then left in a white truck. The victim stated that the suspect was Phillips, Banks said. Officers were able to locate Phillips at his place of employment. Phillips admitted to going to the residence and damaging the door because he was looking for someone that resided at the residence, Banks said. Phillips was jailed.
—Ronald Barrow Jr., 39, of Berwick, was arrested at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to pay fines for driving under suspension.
Police were on patrol in the area of Railroad Avenue and 11th Street and observed Barrow in the area. Barrow was jailed on the warrant.
—George Patin, 51, of Morgan City, was arrested at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday for entering or remaining on premises after being forbidden.
Police were dispatched to the Brownell Homes area in regards to Patin in the area after being banned from the Housing Authority property. Patin was located at a residence on Wren Street and was jailed.
—Matthew Miller, 20, of Morgan City, was arrested at 2 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for two counts of probation violation.
Miller was being held at the Law Enforcement Center in Centerville and was transported to the Morgan City Police Department.
—Adam Roy, 27, of Morgan City, was arrested at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear to pay fines.
While on patrol, police noticed Roy walking on the old La. 182 bridge and was aware of outstanding warrants on him for the Morgan City Police Department. Officers were able to apprehend him with the assistance of Berwick Police Department. He was transported to the Morgan City Police Department.
—Michael Alpha, 36, of Patterson, was arrested at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday for stop sign violation and driving under suspension.
While on patrol in the area of Freret Street, police observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. A traffic stop was conducted and contact was made with the driver, Alpha. Officers learned that Alpha’s license was under suspension. He was jailed.
—Joseph Williams, 54, of Verdunville, was arrested at 8:31 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Police were dispatched to a residence on Fifth Street in regard to Williams being at the residence and having warrants for Iberia Parrish Sheriff’s Office. Williams was located at his residence and jailed.
—April Ayers, 44, of Morgan City, was arrested at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday for stop sign violation and driving under suspension.
Police in the area of Freret Street noticed a vehicle fail to negotiate the stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 90 down ramp and Freret Street. Officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle and came into contact with the driver, Ayers, and she was asked to produce a valid driver’s license. Officers learned that Ayers’ license was under suspension. Ayers was jailed.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:
—Micah Soileau, 17, of the 500 block of Joey Street in Patterson, was arrested at 4:58 p.m. Wednesday for theft by shoplifting. Soileau was jailed on $337 bail.
—Amber Swanson, 17, of the 1200 block of G Main Street in Patterson, was arrested at 4:58 p.m. Wednesday for possession of stolen things. Swanson was jailed on $337 bail.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.