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16 people arrested in "Operation Breaking Ground"

Operation Breaking Ground (Source: Houma Police Dept.) Operation Breaking Ground (Source: Houma Police Dept.)
HOUMA, LA (WVUE) -

The Houma Police Department in partnership with several law enforcement agencies conducted a roundup of more than a dozen drug suspects.

Houma P.D. says it experienced a spike in violent crime during the last four months of 2015. Authorities say seven homicides and numerous shootings during that time where a direct result of illegal narcotic sales.

After months of investigation, the Special Operations Division of Houma Police identified and obtained warrants for nearly 30 suspects. On April 28, officers and deputies from several agencies fanned out to make arrests as part of "Operation Breaking Ground." 

They were only able to apprehend 16 of those wanted. They are:
1. Derek Pellegrin, 19 yrs old of Ash Street was arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II (methamphetamines)
2. Michael P. Birkle, 34 yrs old of American Blvd was arrested for Principal to Distribute a CDS I (heroin)
3. Cody Short, 22 yrs old of Monarch Drive was arrested for 2cts Distribution of a CDS I (heroin)
4. Rebecca St. Pierre, 31 yrs old of Rome Court was arrested for Distribution of a CDS I (heroin)
5. Akins Gaines, 28 yrs old of Glenmore Avenue was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II (methamphetamines)
6. Elliot Parker, 23 yrs old of Patterson Street was arrested for Distribution of a CDS II (methamphetamines)
7. Michael Ledet, 33 yrs old of Acadian Drive was arrested for Principal to Distribute CDS I and II (heroin and methamphetamines)
8. Terrell Miller, 29 yrs old of Morgan Street was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II (methamphetamines)
9. Willie McKinley, 27 yrs old of Senator Circle was arrested for Distribution of CDS II (methamphetamines)
10. Sharonda Douglas, 38 yrs old of Bonvillain Street was arrested for Principal to Distribute CDS I (heroin)
11. Kip Bergeron, 25 yrs old of Chateau Rd was arrested for Distribution of CDS II (methamphetamines)
12. Leo Kimber Jr., 37 yrs old of Furman Street was arrested for Distribution of CDS I (heroin) 
13. Pizarro Kimber, 34 yrs old of Bonvillain Street was arrested for 3 cts Distribution of CDS I (heroin) and Illegal Use of a CDs in the Presence of Someone Under 17 yrs old
14. Kyle Keegan, 40 yrs old of Grand Calliou Rd was arrested for Distribution of CDS I (heroin)
15. Darius Scott, 22 yrs old of Grand Calliou Rd was arrested for Distribution of CDS I (heroin)
16. Kami Bergeron, 34 yrs old of Mahler Street was arrested for Distribution of CDS II (methamphetamine)

Three suspects, Keith Patterson, Travis Burns and Dwayne Bergeron Jr., were arrested on unrelated charges prior to the operation.

Houma Police say these suspects are still wanted: Dominique James, Colin Martin, James Robinson, Ernest Brumfield, Ariana Walker, Ashley Forman, John Barrios and Joe Bass. 

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting "GIVEATIP" plus your message to 274637.

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