Detectives find marijuana grow operation in home of accused copper thief

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 3:56pm

HAMMOND, LA (FOX44) — When Sheriff’s Deputies went to the home of possible suspect, they found much more than they expected. What they thought would result in closing the book on a copper theft ended up a case for narcotics agents.

On Tuesday, March 6, Deputies went to the home of Jeffery William Lavigne, 45, of Hammond. They believed Lavigne to be responsible for the theft of 24,000 feet of copper wiring that went missing from the Entergy powerlines located on Morris Road (Louisiana highway 443), Old Covington Hwy, Weinberger Road, and Esterbrook Road.

The missing wiring could have caused serious power surges in the area that could have resulted in residential fires.

Deputies executed a search warrant of Lavigne’s home on Vineyard Road, they located a marijuana grow operation. They found two marijuana plants growing in a make shift grow room.

Lavigne also admitted to the theft of the copper wiring. He says that he would remove the wiring and sell it to local scrap yards.

Lavigne was arrested and charged with four counts of Theft of Utility Property, Cultivation of Marijuana, and numerous warrants.


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