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Pointe Coupee Drug Sting

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:27pm

A discovery during a Pointe Coupee drug sting has authorities concerned. They say a suspect had more than three grams of black tar heroin. Authorities say last night marked a first in Pointe Coupee Parish. They’ve gone on many drug stings, but not once have they found heroin.

Around eight last night, Sheriff Bud Torres and his deputies had just finished executing a search warrant at a home in New Roads when a patrol unit requesting backup after stopping a car for speeding along Highway 415. “One of the guys is from New Orleans and he has a probation violation on him, made an arrest on him. Things just didn’t look right.”

Spotting a syringe and spoon in the vehicle, 32-year-old Barry Toussaint II and his passenger 370year-old Carey Reynolds were patted down while detectives and police dogs searched the car. A variety of prescription medication was found inside, then a small bag on Reynolds person. “This is black tar heroin.”

Torres says Pointe Coupee is committed to removing drugs from the streets. In addition to the bust, Pointe Coupee deputies went on two other drug stings just last night, but they say what they found at the Waterloo Quickstop was something to see. “Before I left State Police we had a little bit of it in New Orleans and Baton Rouge that we picked up, now we’re getting it here.” It is a dangerous trend that Sheriff Torres hopes won’t spill over to Pointe Coupee Parish.

Reynolds and Toussaint are currently being held in the Pointe Coupee Parish jail, both with possession of heroin charges.