Deputies find “fentanyl-laced pills” during drug bust

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-yr-old for allegedly having oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl.

LPSO’s narcotics agents received information about possible illegal drug use/distribution at a home in Maurepas in the 14000 block of Lewis Rd.

HUNTER MELANCON, 20

During the investigation, deputies said they witnessed Hunter Melancon, 20, actively conducting what is commonly seen with the distribution of street level narcotics in a local convenience store parking area.

Items that were seized from the home include:

  • 30 dosage units of pills marked as Oxycodone & believed to be laced with fentanyl
  • Firearm inside vehicle
  • Drug Paraphernalia

“LPSO narcotics agents observed the pills to be off in shape and color. We conducted a field test on the suspected pills. Those tests came back positive for fentanyl. I don’t need to tell you that fentanyl can be deadly, even in small doses,” said LPSO Sheriff Jason Ard. “In 2022, in the unincorporated areas of Livingston Parish, we have had 48 overdose deaths. We believe the number is spiking due to fentanyl. These guys are mixing it with other drugs to make it more potent. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it. You have to test for it.”

Melancon is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute schedule II narcotics, possession of firearm with drugs, possession of schedule 4 drugs, resisting an officer and remand. His bond is set at $271,000.

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