Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office makes four drug busts in a month, two of them in one day

POINTE COUPEE- The Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office has been busy fighting to get drugs off the streets, with four drug busts in the last month, according to Sheriff Rene Thibodeaux.

In one bust, deputies found four bottles of promethazine cough syrup, marijuana, and heroin laced with fentanyl. Thibodeaux said the street value of the drugs was around $10,000.

“So we’re very glad to get that off the street,” Thibodeaux said. “Fentanyl is a killer, so it’s priceless to get that off of the street.”

The bust was a collaborative effort from the sheriff’s office and probation parole. On April 4th, authorities busted a man accused of selling marijuana.

On April 12, authorities were able to arrest a man and seize cocaine laced with fentanyl. Later that evening, law enforcement was called to Luke’s Grocery Store in Fordoche.

Thibodeaux said the store owner was allegedly selling illegal vapes and marijuana over the counter at the grocery store.

“It takes a lot of surveillance, many man hours to be able to get enough probable cause and evidence to catch these drug dealers,” the sheriff said. “One of the biggest things I’m against is the sale of drugs in our parish. The fentanyl out there is a game-changer. It is a killer.”

Thibodeaux said he believes drug dealers are moving to areas where there is a low concentration of law enforcement, which includes Pointe Coupee Parish. 

“It seems that they’re trying to migrate here and that’s alarming,” he said. “I never would have dreamed that we would have that many drug dealers in Pointe Coupee.”

As a result of the recent surge of drugs, Thibodeaux said he is reorganizing the narcotics division. He said having all hands on deck and being proactive is essential.

“The drugs will destroy families,” Thibodeaux said. “It’s scary how many people’s lives have been affected by drugs and how many people’s lives have been lost to drugs. I know several mothers who have lost young children because they tried a type of drug. We have a problem.”

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