St. Landry

Feb 13, 2014 11:18 PM by KATC

3 Suspects Arrested in Ongoing Drug Investigation

Over the last 6 months the Opelousas Police Department Special Operations Unit, Louisiana State Police, and the Patterson Police Department, have been working a narcotics investigation involving, what police call, one of Opelousas's major drug dealers.

Investigators say the target of the investigation was Joshua "Wop" Johnson, 28, of Opelousas. Over the course of the investigation, officers say they seized approximately $15,000 of crack cocaine.

Today, police say Johnson was arrested after selling 2.5 oz's of crack cocaine, with a street value of $3,500.00, to an undercover police officer. Immediately after the purchase a team of officers comprised of Opelousas Police, Louisiana State Police, and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, moved in. They say, Johnson attempted to run but was quickly apprehended.

Following Johnson's arrest officers armed with search warrants for 2 addresses, both in the 900 block of Truman Street, conducted thorough searches. Investigators say no additional drugs were located, however, a high-Point 40 caliber handgun was found at one of the homes.

Police also arrested Damiel Pierre, 31, of Opelousas and Blonda Hunt, 43, of Opelousas. Pierre and Hunt face charges of distribution of a schedule II. Johnson meanwhile, faces 4 counts of distribution of schedule II, and conspiracy to distribute schedule II. All are now incarcerated in the St. Landry Parish Jail and will go before a magistrate in the morning.

Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow says, "I want to thank all who have provided information regarding drug activity. There has been numerous complaints filed regarding this particular Street, however, due to their methods we had to conduct a more in depth investigation which takes numerous man hours, resources and patience. I urge all citizens to contact OPD at 948-2500 to report any criminal activity."

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