"Operation Rotten Pumpkins" brings in 31 alleged drug offenders in Plaquemines Parish

Published: Nov. 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM CST
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BELLE CHASSE, La. - A six-month undercover narcotics investigation by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Officer resulted in the arrests of 31 street-level drug offenders.

On Nov. 13, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division began a "round-up" of 28 people charged with various drug distribution offenses. While arresting the suspects, agents made three additional arrests of suspects who were allegedly found using narcotics. The arrests were made as part of an undercover operation called "Operation Rotten Pumpkins."

Narcotics purchases were made from 27 adults and one juvenile suspect between May and November on the Westbank of Plaquemines Parish. The purchases and seizures included crack cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, synthetic MDMA, imitation LSD and prescription pills. Agents also seized $800 in cash and a .22 caliber rifle.

As of today, 27 of the defendants have been arrested. Four defendants are currently at-large and have active warrants for their arrests. One defendant has been located in a correctional facility in the State of Mississippi. Two of the defendants are currently on Probation or Parole for the State of Louisiana, and one defendant is a registered sex offender, who was convicted in 2001 of molesting young girls in St. Bernard Parish.

Twenty-seven of the 31 defendants have prior arrest records, of which 18 are for prior narcotics distribution or possession charges. Fifteen of the defendants have prior drug convictions, of which 10 were convicted of multiple drug offenses. Other noteworthy convictions include negligent homicide, home invasion, second degree battery, illegal use of a firearm, aggravated escape, indecent behavior with juveniles and resisting an officer by flight.

Three of the defendants were charged with selling drugs to high school students who were in a school uniform.