$200,000 in street drugs seized in Terrebonne Parish narcotics investigation
TERREBONNE PARISH - Sheriff’s deputies in Terrebonne Parish say they made a handful of arrests and seized more than $200,000 worth of street drugs following a traffic stop last Friday and the narcotics investigation that followed.
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter of TPSO said Terrebonne Narcotics Task Force Agents tried to initiate a traffic stop on 25-year-old Hakeam Drane, and the man ran from the vehicle when agents approached. A passenger in the vehicle at the time of the stop also ran, carrying a package in their arms as they fled.
Drane tried to evade agents by breaking into a house, located at 113 Octavia St., but he was taken into custody at the residence shortly after he got inside. Agents found that Drane had poured out a bottle of liquid codeine while he was evading arrest.
Agents searched Drane’s vehicle and recovered a small amount of marijuana, a cigar wrapping used for smoking marijuana and a baby bottle containing about four ounces of liquid codeine. Drane was arrested and booked on charges of criminal trespassing, possession of liquid codeine, obstruction of justice, illegal proceeds derived from drug transactions, parked standing or stopping where prohibited, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After Drane’s arrest, 32-year-old Ashley Lee, turned up for visitation at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Center. While Lee was visited Drane, her boyfriend, K9 units conducted security sweeps and indicated an odor response to the vehicle Lee was driving.
Lee was found to be in possession of $8,492 in cash. She was placed under arrest for outstanding warrants for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lee was also arrested for illegal proceeds derived from drug transactions.
On Wednesday, deputies were called to Drane’s residence on Highway 311 due to a disturbance and found several subjects fighting. Agents arrested 30-year-old Lagrace Lee as a result of the call for unrelated outstanding warrants.
Agents set up surveillance of the residence and observed Ashley Lee and 29-year-old Ashley Harris leaving the residence in the same vehicle that they searched at the TPCJC. They tried to conduct a traffic stop the subjects fled at a high rate of speed. When the vehicle was finally stopped, deputies found Harris to be in possession of $7,055 in cash, and she couldn’t explain where the money came from. The woman was also found to be in possession of about 11 dosage units of codeine tablets without a prescription. Harris was arrested for violation of the general speed law, possession with intent to distribute CDS II codeine pills and illegal proceeds derived from drug transactions.
Narcotics agents were able to identify the suspect who fled on foot with the package in his arms as 24-year-old Raylon Nash. During surveillance of a residence on Octavia Street, agents observed Nash carrying the handbag that Harris had been found to be in possession of with proceeds from drug sales inside. Agents requested a search warrant for the Octavia Street house and found the following evidence:
-127.2 grams cocaine HCL (street value: $25,440)
-38 grams cocaine base (street value: $7,600)
-611.3 grams methamphetamine (street value: $122,260)
-283.9 grams heroin (street value: $56,780)
-12 dosage units hydrocodone
-7.4 grams marijuana
-Smith and Wesson 9mm (reported stolen)
-Hi Point .380 ACP
-Desert Eagle .44 magnum
-Mossberg .410 shotgun (reported stolen)
Four arrests were made as a result of the Octavia Street surveillance:
-38-year-old Lester Lewis
-40-year-old Natasha Lewis
-30-year-old Lagrace Lee
-17-year-old Nigel Nash
Each was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS I heroin, possession with intent to distribute CDS II methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute CDS II cocaine, possession with intent to distribute CDS II hydrocodone, illegal proceeds derived from drug transactions, possession of marijuana, use of CDS and firearm, possession of CDS in presence of a juvenile and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.
Nigel Nash was also charged with an unrelated arrest warrant for failure to appear. Drane also had a probation/parole hold place on him due to his current arrest.
Terrebonne Parish Narcotics Task Force Agents say they expect additional arrests in the investigation.