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LPSO: Drug roundup nets 14 arrests

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Posted: Jul 3, 2014 4:04 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jul 3, 2014 5:49 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: drugs, Livingston, arrest, drug bust, drug dealers

LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested more than a dozen people Thursday for allegedly selling a range of drugs including methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone and Adderall.

"For 3 months, my narcotics team conducted undercover operations," said Sheriff Jason Ard. "Through these operations, low-level street dealers in Livingston Parish were identified."

Under "Operation - No Freedom for You" deputies aimed to clean up streets from low-level drug dealers parish-wide.

"The majority of these dealers were pushing prescription medications. It's a problem in Livingston Parish and beyond our parish borders. In Livingston Parish, the dedicated members of my narcotics team work to make sure they know the players and what they're pushing - it's for the safety of your family, my family and their families," said Ard.

Deputies made 14 arrests during the round-up:

Paul Hammond, of Langston Drive in Denham Springs
>Distribution of Schedule III Narcotics - Hydrocodone

Sharie Kinchen, of Livingston Avenue in Albany
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics- Oxycodone
>Violation of CDS Law; Drug Free Zone

Melonie Starns, of Highway 43 in Independence
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Oxycodone

Rory Welda, of Highway 441 in Holden
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Oxycodone
>Distribution of Schedule IV Narcotics - Alprazolam

Edwin Grieves, of Florida Blvd. in Albany
>Distribution of Schedule III Narcotics - Hydrocodone

Michelle Berthelot, of Hammack Road in Denham Springs
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Morphine

Charles Loveland, of Weiss Road in Walker
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Hydromorphone

Angeline Taylor, of Samantha Lane in Holden
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Hydromorphone

Robert Conner, of Verbenia Street in Denham Springs
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Meth

Katherine Forbus, of Highway 16 in Denham Springs
>Distribution of Schedule III Narcotics - Lortab
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Adderall

Bernadette Hayden, of Genre Drive of Denham Springs
>Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics - Adderall
>Distribution of CDS in presence of juvenile - Adderall

Other arrests:

Charles Arnold
>Two bench warrants

John McCurley
>Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - LPSO
>Fugitive from East Baton Rouge Parish

Desiree Bernard
>Summons for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Ard says more arrests could be made, and deputies will continue to crack down on the drug problem in the parish.

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