May 7, 2013 12:38 PM by Press Release Pictured: Timothy Willis

Vermilion/Municipal Task Force makes drug arrests

According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Chief Tony Hardy and Chief Boyd Adams, the Vermilion / Municipal task force made following arrests recently for drug related offense.

On 5-4-13 agents with the task force were working criminal patrol which resulted in the arrest of an Abbeville man. After conducting a traffic stop agents mirandized Timothy Willis (dob 7-28-81) of Abbeville and gained permission to search his vehicle. Upon doing so, agents seized suspected marijuana, and several pills, which Willis had no prescription for. Willis was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug, and possession of a prescription narcotic without a valid prescription.

On 5-4-13 agents were called out to a residence after patrol officers suspected a male suspect of being in possession of marijuana. Upon arriving and conducting interviews, agents arrested and charged Benjamin Hook (dob 11-11-95) of Maurice, with possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On 5-6-13 agents were working street level sales a disruption within the city of Abbeville. Agents witnessed a suspected drug transaction between two suspects. Upon moving in agents were able to stop Thoi Tran (dob 10-30-69) of Texas. Tan immediately put something in his mouth and swallowed. Upon taking Tran into custody it was determined that he swallowed crack cocaine. Tran was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.

Sheriff Mike Couvillon would like to thank the following persons for their effort in assisting with Task Force personnel. Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza, Kaplan Mayor Kirk Champagne, Abbeville Chief of Police Tony Hardy and Kaplan Chief Boyd Adams "I realize times are financially tough all over, but the Mayors and Chiefs of these cities are committed to finding the funds to help the Task Force combat the illicit drugs problem that ruins our communities. The people of Vermilion and our children are the benefactors of these city leaders' great efforts. It is my hope that in the near future other towns and cities in the parish of Vermilion will be able to assist in the continuing fight against illicit drugs."

Finally, Sheriff Couvillon would like to applaud the concerned citizens of Vermilion Parish for their awareness and assistance in helping the Sheriff's Office in fighting the war on illegal drugs. He encourages all citizens with information in regards to illegal drug activities to contact the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office or the Vermilion Parish Municipal Narcotics Task Force at 337-740-4501 or E-mail the Task Force anonymously at and your e-mail will be held in the "strictest of confidence" and replied to in a very timely manner.

More information on reporting drug activities can be seen on our Web Site at Click on Task Force for this information.



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