Posted: Feb 14, 2013 5:33 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Feb 14, 2013 7:14 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - Law enforcement in Livingston Parish is cracking down on the illegal sale of prescription drugs.
Armed with 25 warrants, deputies successfully took nine accused drug sellers off the streets and into custody. Many were wanted on multiple charges, accused of selling prescription drugs including hydrocodone, morphine and oxycodone.
Sheriff Jason Ard and his deputies woke up 63-year-old Jackie Chamberlin this morning. Chamberlin is charged with three counts of distribution.
"They have no business on the street, selling these narcotics to our kids, to anyone," said Ard.
The narcotics investigation began eight months ago. During that time, agents went undercover to strengthen their case.
Deputies also arrested 32-year-old David Chemin and 37-year-old Phyllis Henson, who are accused of selling marijuana and oxycodone out of their home.
During today's operation deputies were called to a Denham Springs business for a theft in progress. The owner said 27-year-old Robert Hartman walked into his store, took a chainsaw, and walked out without paying.
"He was on motorcycle. I chased him back to the motorcycle and took the key out of it," said C & M Outdoor Power Equipment owner Travis Murry. "He just started pushing it. Pushed it right down the middle of Florida Blvd."
The suspect, who also had outstanding warrants, was apprehended by a K-9 Officer.
This is the second narcotics roundup in the past six months. Ard says they will continue to pull these people off the streets.
"Whenever you take some individuals off the streets, sometimes other people step up and take their place," said Ard.