22 arrested in Operation Spring Cleaning narcotics sting

22 arrested in Operation Spring Cleaning narcotics sting
Authorities arrested 22 people in Operation "Spring Cleaning" (Source: PPSO)
Officers said these people are still wanted in the narcotics investigation. (Source: PPSO)
Officers said these people are still wanted in the narcotics investigation. (Source: PPSO)

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office made 22 arrests for various drug-related offenses Tuesday, including possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, such as marijuana, cocaine, crack-cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and an assortment of prescription medication.

Three arrests were made on federal drug-related charges in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force which stemmed from this operation, the sheriff's office said.

From April 23 to April 27, the PPSO conducted Operation "Spring Cleaning" as a result of an ongoing undercover narcotics investigation.

Agents were able to apprehend 22 suspects while removing an undisclosed amount of illegal narcotics from the community.

An additional six suspects are currently wanted in connection to this investigation.

Of the 28 suspects investigated, 18 were charged or are wanted for distribution or intent to distribute illegal narcotics. The following have been charged:

  • Arnold Espadron, 61, of Port Sulphur, Louisiana.
  • Kevin Khath, 24, of Buras, Louisiana.
  • Korey Khath, 21, of Buras, Louisiana.
  • Tyler Cassard, 19, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
  • Ashley Nugent, 31, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
  • Jerrell Encalade, 34, of Boothville, Louisiana.
  • Britnee Barber, 27, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
  • Eric Tiser, 54, of Boothville, Louisiana.
  • Charlotte Hingle, 27, of Boothville, Louisiana.
  • Sara Armond, 34, of Algiers, Louisiana.
  • Sabrina Hopstetter, 35, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
  • Justin Murry, 27, of Boothville, Louisiana.
  • Ryan Lowery, 38, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
  • Darious Turner, 24, of Port Sulphur, Louisiana.
  • Albert Vereen Jr., 36, of Port Sulphur.
  • Jorge Ornelas, 50, of Houston, Texas.
  • Amanda Everett, 27, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
  • Angela Everett, 22, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
  • Macy Johnson, 26, of Buras, Louisiana.
  • Michael Williams, 37, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Jarvis Smith, 32, of Boothville, Louisiana.
  • Brenda Simonson, 72, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana (Image Not Available).

The following have outstanding warrants in connection to the investigation:

  • Brandon Thompson, 30, of Harvey, Louisiana.
  • Jeremy Sylve, 41, of Gretna, Louisiana.
  • Francisco Hurtado, 45, of Los Fresnos, Texas.
  • Ryan Tapp, 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Tom Ledet, 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Teka LaFrance, 47, of New Orleans, Louisiana.

If you know the whereabouts or encounter any of the wanted suspects, please contact the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office at 504-564-2525 or your local law enforcement agency by dialing 911 for immediate assistance.