Heroin sting, 'Operation Fishnet', ends with 15 arrests
ST. TAMMANY PARISH - Deputies say 15 suspects are behind bars on charges that connect them to a loosely organized heroin ring based in St. Tammany Parish as efforts to curtail a drug abuse epidemic continue.
The 14 month-long, multi-jurisdictional investigation was carried out by a narcotics taskforce made up of St. Tammany Sheriff's Office detectives along with officers of the Covington Police Department and the Mandeville Police Department. The investigation ended Friday morning with a series of significant busts of both heroin users and dealers of the drug.
According to police, a Mandeville resident named Scottie Fisher, 29, was distributing large amounts of heroin to individuals from Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes who would then distribute the drug on his behalf. Fisher was taken into custody along with 14 others over the course of "Operation Fishnet."
The arrested parties included: Casey Evan Kebodeaux, 29; Ryan O'shea, 29; Dustin King, 27; Chad Rehage, 41; Dustin Carroll, 26; Westley Bourg, 28; Alanzo Sibley, 24; Richard Gallelo, 39; Michelle Blanchard, 51; Jamie Lynn Sanford, 29; Max Albert, 31; Todd Blanc, 29; Tashena Fisher, 31; and Brittany Cyprian, 29.
The taskforce reported on the effectiveness of the operation during a joint news conference Monday morning. They also stressed the danger of the increasingly popular street drug.
Deputies say another 12 suspects are still at large. The wanted persons include: Steven Jeffery Korte, 29; Brandon Spear, 27; Ryan Adams, 28; Robert Williams Jr., 25; Melvin Lacrouts, III, 28; Mark Mahoney, 31; Paul Jonathan Jarrett Doty, 28; Ladameyar Fisher, 36; Adrone James, 31; Pierre James, Jr, 29; Pierre Warford, 24; Damien James, 27.
The taskforce reported the final round-up of the operation on Friday snagged 12 of the 24 wanted persons. Three other individuals, who were not originally singled out by the investigation, were also taken into custody as detectives went on to make arrests. They also reported the seizure of five vehicles, cash proceeds from drug transactions and several hundred pills of pain medication during Friday's operation.