ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA — A drug ring in Assumption Parish was shut down yesterday after an ongoing investigation came to an end as arrest and search warrants were served over three Parishes.
Since October 2012, investigators with the Louisiana State Police, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice-Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have been conducting an investigation into a drug trafficking organization based in Assumption Parish. The undercover operation spanning three Parishes was named “Operation Shop Closed.”
The investigation, which was started by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, began as a follow up on concerned citizens’ complaints about possible drug trafficking in the Kingston Subdivision located in Labadieville, LA. As the APSO gathered intelligence on the suspects, they discovered they were part of a larger operation.
Assumption Narcotics Agents partnered with Louisiana State Police and U.S. Department of Justice-Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and expanded the scope of the investigation into the surrounding Parishes of Terrebonne and Lafourche.
The investigation came to an end on Thursday, June 6 as over 100 agents from multiple agencies began executing arrest and search warrants over the three Parishes.
The search warrants resulted in the seizure of $86,233.00 in cash, 154 grams of cocaine, 348 grams of marijuana, 9mm semi-automatic handgun, 2006 Cadillac DTS, 2004 Cadillac CTS, and the arrest of eight suspects. It was only through the combined effort of all the organizations involved that led to the success of the operation.
Those arrested include:
Tommy Thompson, 27, of Labadieville for four counts of Distribution of CDS II, Conspiracy to Distribute CDS I & II, Racketeering, PWTD CDS II, and PWTD CDS I.
Onre Batiste, 24, of Labadieville for two counts of Distribution of CDS II and Racketeering.
Stacey Matthews, 42, of Thibodaux for Distribution of CDS II, Conspiracy to Distribute CDS I & II, Racketeering, and PWTD CDS II.
Tremel Patterson, 29, of Labadieville for Distribution of CDS II.
Kevin Truehill, 29, of Napoleonville for Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II and Racketeering.
Larry Woods, 54, of Napoleonville for Racketeering.
Anthony Herron, 27, of Labadieville for Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II and Racketeering.
Beardes Herron, 25, of Labadieville for Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II, Racketeering, and PWTD CDS II.