Two cars seized from drug dealers in 2012 will be utilized to promote awareness of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. program.
A 2007 black Lincoln MKZ and a white 2008 Cadillac CTS will bear colorful graphics that will be utilized to promote the D.A.R.E. program in addition to the 1989 Ford Mustang convertible which had been used since 1996 and will soon be refurbished.
Sheriff Craig Webre says the cars have been assigned to two School Resource Officers, who are also certified D.A.R.E. instructors, who will drive the vehicles to their schools daily.
"These cars will not only serve as a promotional tool for our D.A.R.E. program, but will also serve as a reminder of how costly dealing drugs can be," said Sheriff Webre. "Now, cars that were once used in the sale of illegal narcotics will now help promote drug resistance education."
The D.A.R.E. Cadillac CTS made its public debut on Saturday at the Lafourche Pride Awards Banquet in Thibodaux. It features a "red, white and blue" theme as well as "Daren the Lion," which is the official mascot for the D.A.R.E. program.
The CTS was seized in 2012 as part of a Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force operation wherein agents seized nearly $50,000 in cocaine, crack cocaine and cash and culminated in the arrest of upper-level drug dealer Antonio Tillman and several associates.
The D.A.R.E. Lincoln MKZ made its debut earlier this year as it was featured in several area Mardi Gras parades. It also features the “Daren the Lion” in a swamp-like setting complete with an alligator and a pelican.
The MKZ won overall "Best of Show" at the 23rd Annual Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association Training Conference in July. Agencies from around the state entered specialty vehicles including cars, trucks, and sport-utility vehicles.
The car was seized in October 2012 after agents caught Ricky Trosclair driving the car with a suspended license. Trosclair also had eight (8) grams of methamphetamine, over five (5) grams of marijuana, $3,200 cash, and a firearm.
The D.A.R.E. program began in Lafourche Parish in 1990. The core lessons are taught at the 5th grade level, but the program also includes visitation lessons for Head Start and Kindergarten through 4th grade, as well as 8th grade middle school component.
The D.A.R.E. program is taught in more than 30 public, private, and charter schools throughout Lafourche Parish. Certified D.A.R.E. instructors teach the program, reaching over 12,000 students annually.
Anyone seeking more information on the LPSO D.A.R.E. program can call (985) 532-4350.
Posted on Fri, October 10, 2014
by The Lafourche Gazette