Ascension Parish couple arrested in drug raid
ST. AMANT – Two people in Ascension Parish have been arrested after authorities said they were caught selling prescription drugs and having stolen lawn equipment.
Kenneth and Lena Lessard were arrested after a search of their home Dec. 10 by Louisiana State police and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Markus Smith with State Police said undercover detectives had purchased prescription Hydrocodone pills from the couple just two days before.
When authorities searched the residence they also found about 1,000 units of Hydrocodone and several other drugs, which investigators think the couple got illegally in Texas. Detectives also found $4,524 in cash, a Rolex watch and 20 gift cards from various stores; Smith said they believe the gift cards were being used to launder money from selling the drugs.
Two other people were arrested after they showed up at the couple’s residence during the search; investigators said they found drugs on them as well.
Detectives also found an unusually-large amount of power tools, lawn equipment, pressure washers and generators stored in a shed on the property. Investigators determined at least one of the pressure washers was stolen, and are looking into where the couple got the rest of the equipment.
The Lessards were booked into the Ascension Parish jail in suspicion of possessing legend drugs with the intent to distribute them. They could also face additional charges for the stolen equipment, pending the results of the APSO’s investigation.