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Two men arrested as agents seize over $24,000 of marijuana in Galliano

Two men arrested as agents seize over $24,000 of marijuana in Galliano

Lafourche Parish narcotics agents seized over $24,000 in marijuana and arrested two Galliano men during an investigation Friday. Agents arrested Gwyn Harris, 54, who was the subject of the investigation, as well as Dean Chouest, 62, a fugitive who is now also facing drug charges.

The Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force had been conducting an investigation after learning about the possible sale of narcotics at Harris' residence.

At around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12, agents went to the residence where they immediately made contact with two men, one of whom was Harris. Agents talked to Harris about their investigation, and upon searching his residence, discovered remnants of suspected marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia.

During questioning, Harris admitted to having marijuana inside a storage unit in Galliano. Agents traveled to the unit and discovered a "brick" of suspected marijuana weighing approximately 5.3 pounds with an estimated street value of $24,240.

They also discovered several items commonly used in the sale of illegal narcotics.

The other male subject at Harris' residence was identified as Dean Chouest, and agents discovered he had an active warrant for contempt of court. Agents also discovered Chouest to have a small pipe in his possession with residue from suspected marijuana. He also had a single dose of Tramadol, for which he could not provide a prescription.

Both Harris and Chouest were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Harris was booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on Saturday after posting $25,250 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.

Chouest was booked with possession of Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia, and he was also booked per the contempt warrant. He was also released on Saturday after posting $11,250 bond as set by the warrant and Judge Larose.