Six indicted for evidence room cocaine, gun thefts
BATON ROUGE - A grand jury handed up indictments for six people, including a judge's son, in connection with a scheme which led to the theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse last year.
The indictment includes charges of malfeasance in office for two people who worked at the courthouse, William Colvin and Debra Bell, as well as extortion and conspiracy charges for Bell's son Colt Bell and Terrance Ramirez. Those four, along with Deroy Joseph and Larry Collins, face cocaine possession charges.
According to the indictment, between September and November of 2012 investigators say Colvin stole 22 kilograms of cocaine from the evidence room in the Clerk of Court's office where he and Debra Bell worked. Investigators also claim Colvin took three handguns and two shotguns which were evidence in several murder cases.
Investigators said Colvin and Bell, who were in a relationship, stored the cocaine at her house. They claimed Colvin distributed some of the cocaine himself, while Bell gave some to her son and Ramirez to sell. After their arrests investigators said both Colvin and Bell confessed to the crimes, and Bell said her son was extorting Colvin to steal the drugs from the evidence room.
William Colvin is the son of State District Judge Kay Bates.
Several security changes were made at the 19th JDC after the investigation, including putting in a two-key system to access the evidence room.