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Lafourche residents cautioned about door-to-door salespeople following arrests

Nathan Farmer (l) and Raymond Jaufre Jr. (LPSO photos) Nathan Farmer (l) and Raymond Jaufre Jr. (LPSO photos)

FOX 8 received this news release from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon:

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding citizens to use caution when approached by door-to-door salespeople after two men were arrested on Wednesday for selling meats from a truck without proper parish or state licensing. Raymond Jaufre Jr. (W/M, D.O.B. 11/20/81) of Metairie and Nathan Farmer (W/M, D.O.B. 11/05/71) of Easley, South Carolina, were arrested on Wednesday after attempting to sell their products door to door and refusing to leave one residence after being asked to do so.

At around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, deputies received a complaint from a Chackbay resident about two men attempting to sell food door to door to residents just off LA Highway 20. The resident complained that after telling the men she was not interested in purchasing any of their products and asking them to leave, they refused and became more persistent, even asking to enter the home at one point. A short time later, while patrolling in the area of LA Highway 307, deputies spotted the suspects' vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. They made contact with the two men, identified as Jaufre and Farmer, who said they were employed by a meat and seafood company which makes home deliveries and door-to-door sales. When asked for their business permits, they provided deputies with an expired permit from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and did not have a parish license. They were arrested for remaining after being forbidden and for violating the parish ordinance which requires door-to-door salespeople to have a parish business license. They were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and booked accordingly. Both men were released after each posting $1,000 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.

"We caution residents that food products being sold in this manner could lack proper packaging and sanitary safeguards, especially if not permitted by the state health department," said Sheriff Webre. "Door-to-door salespeople are allowed to operate in Lafourche Parish as long as they have the proper permits, and citizens should always ask to see a permit. A legitimate salesperson will provide one and should not take offense when asked to do so."

Chapter 12 of the Lafourche Parish Code of Ordinances makes it illegal to conduct door-to-door sales without a parish permit. Furthermore, it prohibits door-to-door sales between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Sheriff Webre issued an additional warning to salespeople against the use of intimidation or strong-arm tactics. "We will absolutely not tolerate Lafourche Parish citizens being pressured and intimidated by door-to-door salespeople," said Sheriff Webre. "Legitimate salespeople must respect the law by leaving a residence when asked to do so. If they remain and persist, residents should contact the Sheriff's Office immediately because they are already breaking the law. Additionally, anyone pressuring you to enter your home could be attempting to scout out the interior for a crime they plan to commit later."

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