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St. Tammany Drug Task Force makes over 100 heroin arrests

St. Tammany Drug Task Force makes over 100 heroin arrests

From Slidell Police

Author: Action News 17/Wednesday, December 31, 2014/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories, Crime

In March of 2014, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force, which consists of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Office, Slidell Police Department, and the Mandeville Police Department, partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and announced thirty-five heroin related arrests. The law enforcement group promised to continue to aggressively combat heroin in and around St. Tammany Parish. Although the final 2014 results are not 100% complete, the numbers are quite impressive as to the progress the task force has made.

In 2012 and 2013, combined, a total of only 32 heroin related arrests were made, with that, 60 grams of heroin were seized. So far in 2014, over one-hundred heroin related arrests have been recorded, and over 3,000 grams of heroin have been seized. “It is no secret that heroin abuse is on the rise in our country, our region and our state. Our statistics show that our Narcotics Task Force seized more than 3,000 grams of heroin off the streets of our parish in the first 10 months of this year. Our agency has been aggressively fighting heroin use and has made this effort a priority to keep our streets and our resident’s safe,” says Sheriff Jack Strain. “Heroin abuse is one of the worst drug problems a community can have, and our Narcotics Task Force is committed to seeing that its dealers and the drug itself are removed from the streets of St. Tammany.”

As of September 2014, there have been twelve confirmed heroin overdoses in St. Tammany Parish. Due to toxicology results taking three months to complete, the final statistics for 2014 wont be completed for several months. The number of overdoses seems to be consistent with the 2013 statistics, where there were seventeen heroin related overdoses reported in St. Tammany Parish. We pledged to our citizens that we would do whatever we could to fight this battle. Too many lives have been taken as a result of this drug. Although the arrest numbers are quite astounding, its not just about putting people in jail; its about getting these individuals help,says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston stated, I want the users of heroin to know that we are seeing a particularly lethal form of heroin which contains a drug called acetyl-fentanyl. When this drug is injected into the body, it can result in immediate death. Our office is finding victims of this poisoning with the needles still in the arm of the user. The drug is so potent, conventional treatments fail even if the user should make it to the Emergency Room. Again I am reaching out to the users of heroin to warn them that this high-risk behavior has become even riskier, and the consequences are devastating for the user and all the people who love them.

Since March of 2014, over seventy-five heroin related arrests have been made. Ten, of the seventy-five arrested, were charged with distribution of heroin. DEA Special Agent in Charge, Keith Brown, stated “The wreckage caused by drugs affects everyone. No matter the amounts of drugs they sell, drug dealers breed crime in our neighborhoods and are a danger to our children. The arrests made in this operation demonstrate to the citizens of St. Tammany Parish and the surrounding parishes that federal and local law enforcement,whenwecombineourresources,cancometogetherandaccomplishgreatthings. Wewill continue to work side by side with our local law enforcement partners in order to make our communities a safer place to live.

The following 10 names are the individuals arrested for distribution. The other 65 names will be made available at a later date if requested. Due to time constraints, we were unable to compile an organized list of all the names.

  1. Lyles Hartmann, age 34, of Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  2. Derek Winding, age 30, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  3. Alvin Hardy, age 19, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  4. Jennifer Ramirez, age 37, of Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  5. Kendrick Irons, age 37, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  6. Gerald Connor, age 32, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  7. Wue Lee, age 38, of Bay St. Louis, MS, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  8. Thomas Scott, age 24, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  9. Warren London, age 41, of Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

  10. Thomas Bush, age 10-17-85, Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)

Public Information Officer - Contact Information

  •   Slidell Police: Detective Daniel Seuzeneau 985-646-6181 or dseuzeneau@slidellpd.com

  •   St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: Captain George Bonnett 985-809-8207 or georgebonnett@stpso.com

  •   Drug Enforcement Administration: Special Agent Deborah Webber 504-840-1363 or

    Debora.H.Webber@usdoj.gov

  •   Mandeville Police: Lieutenant Gerald Sticker 985-624-7560 or gsticker@cityofmandeville.com

 
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