Drug bust nets alleged fentanyl dealer

BATON ROUGE, La — A two-month narcotics investigation by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of an alleged fentanyl dealer.

According to arrest documents, sheriff’s deputies used a confidential informant to buy fentanyl from Frank Beauchamp, 57. There were three successful fentanyl buys, according to deputies.

Beauchamp conducted “numerous hand to hand transactions,” arrest document show.

Deputies believe Beauchamp was selling the powerful opioid, which the DEA says is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, from a house on 71st Avenue in Baton Rouge. Deputies, according to arrest documents, say Beauchamp was using the house as a “stash location or distribution point to continue his illicit narcotics sales.”

Undercover Drug Bust

During their investigation, deputies identified six different addresses “pertinent to (the) investigation,” the arrest documents indicate. A “knock” search warrant was conducted on all six addresses.

Deputies say they found fentanyl, marijuana, several thousand dollars in cash, several guns including a stolen Glock 22 .40 caliber and prescription drugs including Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination of two drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone, which decreases the severity of opioid withdrawal.

In one of the residences searched, deputies say there were two juveniles in the home with fentanyl, marijuana and several guns.

Surveillance records indicate a “daily pattern of Beauchamp” where he would arrive at the house on 71st Ave. in the morning before leaving for the night to “another … location,” the arrest records show.

READ MORE: Five arrested after authorities find ‘enough fentanyl to kill 6k people’

Lengthy Criminal History

Deputies say Beauchamp was arrested February 1. He was arrested during a traffic stop while leaving a home on Avenue J, the arrest documents say.

Beauchamp, according to the arrest documents, “admitted that all money located by EBRSO was for him.”

Beauchamp has a lengthy criminal history. Investigators say he was previously arrested on multiple resisting an officer charges, assault of an officer, armed robbery, possession and multiple distribution of cocaine, aggravated arson, second degree battery, money laundering and possession of narcotics.

READ MORE: LPSO seizes 2,000 fentanyl-laced pills, arrests two

“Single deadliest drug threat”

The East Baton Rouge Narcotics Division says the criminal informant in Beauchamp’s investigation has assisted them with “multiple large-scale narcotics investigation.” They say his information has led to at least 10 felony arrests, large seizures of narcotics and millions of dollars in drug money.

Fentanyl is becoming a highly potent drug problem in Baton Rouge and across the country.

“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said DEA administrator Anne Milgram. “Fentanyl is everywhere.  From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison.  

According to the CDC, 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and drug poisonings in the 12-month period ending in January 2022.  A staggering 67 percent of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Some of these deaths were attributed to fentanyl mixed with other illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, with many users unaware they were actually taking fentanyl. 

A new study shows children are dying from fentanyl poisoning faster than any other age group. The study says many of the deaths are children of drug users who were accidentally exposed to the drug.

READ MORE: Another toddle dies from Fentanyl overdose in Baton Rouge

In November, a 20-month-old baby died of a fentanyl overdose in Baton Rouge.

Officials say Jahrei Paul showed up at a Baton Rouge hospital on Halloween in very bad shape and officials worked on the toddler but the baby died.

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