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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Thibodaux Police officer arrested for narcotics violations

Thibodaux Police officer arrested for narcotics violations

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of a Thibodaux Police officer in connection with a narcotics investigation. Richard Queen II (age 36) of Thibodaux is charged with attempting to purchase narcotics.

Through a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigation, agents learned Queen attempted to illegally purchase pharmaceutical narcotics. Following an investigation, agents obtained warrants for Queen’s arrest.

On Friday, March 16, agents met with Queen at the Thibodaux Police Department office at the Stark Municipal Complex in Thibodaux. He was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on warrants for two counts of Attempted Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance. Queen was subsequently released on personal recognizance by order of Judge F. Hugh Larose.

Chief Zeringue stated, “We were notified by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office of allegations of wrongdoing by one of our Patrol Officers, Richard Queen II. As the investigation progressed, we received updates and were informed once the warrants were obtained. After confirming the details, Queen was immediately relieved of his duty effective today, March 16, 2018, and all of his Police equipment was immediately confiscated.”

“This is not just a violation of the law and agency policy, but a violation of the community trust that we hold so dear to our hearts,” Chief Zeringue continued. “Trustworthiness is one of our core values, and a cornerstone that the culture of this agency is built upon. To us, it’s not just a word to impress our community partners, but a promise of something we would continuously strive for. It was a promise that if something was ever identified that violated the trust of those we serve, it would be dealt with and the wrongdoer would be held accountable. That is what happened here today.”

Chief Zeringue added, “We hope that this serves as a shining example that faith in law enforcement is not misplaced. Not because mistakes and violations never happen, but because those in law enforcement will hold each other accountable. No one is above the law, and we will continue to work with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office by assisting them with anything and everything they need.”