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Grand Isle Police Dept. investigated for mishandling evidence, cash

Grand Isle Police Dept. investigated for mishandling evidence, cash

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’ Office seized evidence, guns, police reports and computers from the Grand Isle Police Department as deputies began an investigation into alleged improprieties in how the Island’s police department has been operating.

The arrests and seizures come on the heels of a two-year undercover sting operation by theJPSOthat led to the arrest of dozens of people on Grand Isle on charges ranging from illegal possession of firearms and drug distribution to misdemeanor drug possession.

In July 2014, members of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division began investigating complaints of illegal narcotics activity in Grand Isle. The initial phase was culminated in November 2014, resulting in the arrest of 21 individuals on a variety of drug violations.

In December 2014, a second phase of the narcotics trafficking investigation began and culminated a year later in December 2015 with the execution of eight search warrants, twenty-eight consent searches and the boarding of eight fishing vessels, resulting in twenty-five felony drug arrest and twelve misdemeanor drug arrest.

In January of this year, a third phase of the Grand Isle investigation was initiated. During this phase, agents conducted a total of thirty-seven undercover narcotics purchases, involving methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription medication.

On Tuesday, March 15, in the early morning hours, phase three of the investigation was concluded with the execution of ten search warrants and the arrest of fourteen indicted individuals.
Presently four of the indicted subjects are wanted.

In a press conference Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff NewellNormanddetailed cases of sloppy evidence storage and other improprieties occurring within the Grand Isle Police Department.

JPSO investigators seized guns, police reports and evidence bags of marijuana that had been ripped open and appeared the marijuana was missing, but no destruction order was ever filed.

A gun was found in the desk of Grand Isle Police Chief Euris Dubois. When asked questions about it, he would just respond with "I don't know."

In addition, about $4,000 in money stored in a cash box, the key to which was kept in a barbecuepit keptat the department, was missing. The money was supposed to be used for undercover drug buys or payment of informants.

"I guess that $4,000 is on me," Duboistold investigators, according to the sheriff.

The Sheriff saidit’s unclear if the chief or his officers did anything criminal, but the investigation isn’t over.
Grand Isle voters this month elected Laine Landry Sr. to replace DuBois starting July 1. Normand said he hopes the new chief will provide the Police Department with a fresh start.

The following is a list (submitted by the JPSO) of those individuals who were indicted:

- Richard Brouillette, 25, WANTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Hydrocodone; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 3 - Sale of a Legend Drug, Mirtazapine; Count 4 - Sale of a Legend Drug, Hydroxyzine; Count 5 - Sale of a Legend Drug, Quetiapine Fumarate; Count 6 - Sale of a Legend Drug, Quetiapine Fumarate; Count 7 - Sale of a Legend Drug, Naproxen; Count 8 - Sale of a Legend Drug, Dimenhydrinate - Bond is set at $450,000

- Tyler Smith, 25, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule III CDS, Benzphetamine; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $250,000

- Jana Freeman, 20, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Hydrocodone; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $150,000

- Gina Bradberry Cheramie, 47, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $200,000

- Kate Crosby, 65, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Hydrocodone; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule I CDS, Marijuana; Count 3 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Hydrocodone; Count 4 - Distribution of a Schedule IV CDS, Diazepam; Count 5 - Distribution of a Schedule IV CDS, Diazepam - Bond is set at $250,000

- Louis Dassau, 37, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Hydrocodone; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Hydrocodone; Count 3 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Hydrocodone - Bond is set at $150,000

- Donny Dodson, 28, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule I CDS, Heroin - Bond is set $150,000

- Jacob Ellard, 28, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule I CDS, Marijuana - Bond is set at $50,000

- Kenny Lopinto, 32, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule I CDS, Marijuana; Count 3 - Distribution of a Schedule I CDS, Heroin; Count 5 - Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, to wit, a Handgun; Count 6 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 7 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $600,000

- Randall Rigaud, 38, ARRESTED, Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 4 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $200,000

- Klabert Guilliot, 24, WANTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 3 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $300,000

- Justin Hebert, 24, WANTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule I CDS, Heroin - Bond is set at $200,000

- Angela Ledet, 48, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 3 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $300,000

- Matthew Madere, 32, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $125,000

- Trevor Parr, 30, WANTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule I CDS, Heroin - Bond is set at $150,000

- Neil Richoux, 43, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 2 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine; Count 3 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $300,000

- Patrick Santiny, 52, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $100,000

- Timothy Stevens, 24, ARRESTED, Count 1 - Distribution of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine - Bond is set at $100,000

Additionally while executing the noted search warrants, investigators arrested the following individuals at some of the search locations for a variety of drug and immigration violations:

- Tobby Smith, 26, ARRESTED - Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

- Joseph J. Angeron, 51, ARRESTED - Possession of Marijuana

- Joseph A. Angeron, 23, ARRESTED - Possession of Marijuana

- Lyle Ingram, 26, ARRESTED - Possession of Marijuana

- Wilmer Mancia, 40, ARRESTED - Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

- Alberto Gonzalez, 45, ARRESTED - Arrested and charged federally with Alien Illegally in Possession of a firearm

- Jorge Maldanado Ruiz, 45, ARRESTED - Arrested and charged federally with Illegal entry after deportation