Narcotics suspect in coma after raid
NEW IBERIA - Sheriff's deputies said a man suspected of selling illegal narcotics is in a coma after he overdosed during a raid on his Iberia Parish home this week.
Deputies said Heath Duplechain, 35, barricaded himself in his residence and ingested a lethal amount of drugs during the Sept. 9 search.
Investigators said got a search warrant after they determined Duplechain was selling synthetic marijuana and other narcotics from his home. During the search narcotics agents said two people left the home without incident, but Duplechain barricaded himself inside a wall.
Deputies said they learned Duplechain had intentionally taken a lethal amount of narcotics before barricading himself in the home. SWAT team members said they found him unresponsive inside the home, and he was taken to the hospital where he was put into a medically-induced coma.
Agents said they seized nearly a hundred packets of synthetic marijuana, 21 ecstasy tablets, cocaine, and meth from the home. They also found a .22 caliber AR-15 and handgun at the residence.
Investigators said Duplechain faces numerous narcotics charges.