More than a dozen accused of dealing drugs in Livingston Parish
DENHAM SPRINGS - Authorities arrested more than a dozen people in Livingston Parish as part of a drug roundup Thursday morning, and said they could be back for more.
Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies with the LPSO Narcotics Division targeted people selling and distributing drugs as part of "Operation: Yep, It's Us Again."
Onlookers watched as deputies pulled up to house after house around daybreak and put accused drug dealers in handcuffs. The suspects' neighbors told News 2 they were glad to see deputies cleaning up the streets.
"There are a lot of children in this neighborhood," said parish resident Margaret Ellis. "I just hate to see the kids get involved in it and the adults selling to kids and the kids selling to kids."
Investigators said the suspected dealers sold drugs to undercover agents during their months-long investigation. The cases involved drugs like marijuana, morphine, meth and prescription pills.
Some suspects didn't remain silent as they were being put into the back of sheriff's deputies cruisers.
"I know I should be good, you know what I'm saying. Sometimes they be having mix-ups you, know what I'm saying. So all you gotta do is go through the process," said Antrea Scott, who was accused of making or distributing drugs.
Deputies also arrested Antoine Grayer, Marcy Brumfield, Ashley Prine, Brandi Breland, Brandi Herman Blunt, Rex Minnier, Victor Sanchez, and Earl Medlock and booked them into the Livingston Parish jail. Authorities also arrested Edward McNeely, Donald Ridgedell, and Jonathon Knight for drug distribution or being principal to drug distribution.
Two others, Phillip Landry and Joseph Dunomes, were also arrested for other charges during the roundup. Deputies said Landry had an outstanding warrant, while Dunomes was charged with drug possession.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office carries out similar roundups a few times a year. Sheriff Ard said since July 2012 more than 1,000 arrests have been made for illegal narcotics activity in the parish and seized more than $2 million in illegal narcotics.
Ard said more arrests are expected to come out of Thursday's roundup as their narcotics investigations continue.