Sheriff's office arrests three in cross-country drug ring
BATON ROUGE - Deputies arrested three men Monday in the culmination of an investigation into a drug-trafficking group suspected of moving large amounts of marijuana and weapons from Oregon into the capital area.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office reported for the past month, the narcotics department had been investigating three men for their alleged involvement in the group the "Blue Print Kids." Deputies arrested 38-year-old Jacquel Bellard, 27-year-old Ethan Hendricks, and 28-year-old Marcus Elam after executing search warrants at four locations around Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish.
The Sheriff's Office recovered several firearms, high-capacity magazines, 26 pounds of marijuana, 1.25 ounces of fentanyl, and over $78,000 from the four residences reportedly used to store and distribute the drugs.
Bellard, Hendricks, and Elam face several drug- and firearm-related charges. The sheriff's office reports it expects to set arrest warrants for co-conspirators at a later date.
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