ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Fifteen suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a loosely organized heroin ring in St. Tammany Parish.
Deputies say that the group is responsible for distributing significant amounts of heroin in west St. Tammany Parish.
The Narcotics Taskforce, which is comprised of detectives with the St. Tammnay Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department and Mandeville Police Department, began an extensive 14 month long multi-jurisdictional investigation that came to an end Friday morning.
Officers say that Mandeville resident, Scottie Fisher, was distributing large quantities of heroin to persons in both Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes, who in turn would distribute of the heroin on his behalf.
Fisher was arrested along with 14 others. Officers say those arrested were both users and dealers of heroin.
Those arrested include Scottie Fisher, 29; Casey Evan Kebodeaux, 29; Ryan O'shea, 29; Dustin King, 27; Chad Rehage, 41; Dustin Carroll, 26; Westley Bourg, 28; Alanzo Sibley, 24; Richard Gallelo, 39; Michelle Blanchard, 51; Jamie Lynn Sanford, 29; Max Albert, 31; Todd Blanc, 29; Tashena Fisher, 31; and Brittany Cyprian, 29.
Still at large include Steven Jeffery Korte, 29; Brandon Spear, 27; Ryan Adams, 28; Robert Williams Jr., 25; Melvin Lacrouts, III, 28; Mark Mahoney, 31; Paul Jonathan Jarrett Doty, 28; Ladameyar Fisher, 36; Adrone James, 31; Pierre James, Jr, 29; Pierre Warford, 24; Damien James?, 27.
During a joint news conference Monday morning, the Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and State Police stressed the dangers of heroin in the community.
"Heroin has been described as one of those drugs, try it once and you're hooked for life," Jack Strain with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said. "Sometimes life is very short. We've seen time and again overdose deaths and those types of things that occur from the abuse of narcotics and this is one that destroys not only the individual but entire families."
At the conclusion of Friday's round up, detectives arrested 12 of the 24 wanted persons. Three other individuals, who were not originally targets of the investigation, were also arrested Friday. Their charges stem from a follow-up investigation that was initiated as a result of their affiliation to Fisher.
Detectives say they seized five vehicles along with several hundred pills of pain medication that were found during Friday's operation. Additionally, several thousand dollars was located and seized for forfeiture.
Anyone with information on the suspect at-large is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.