Apr 8, 2013 9:05 AM by KATC (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)
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 April 3rd agents were conducting undercover drug sting operations within the parish which led to two arrests, and a third suspect being sought. After purchasing illicit drugs out of a vehicle occupied by three male suspects, the task force along with the assistance of the Abbeville Police Department Patrol division made traffic stop on the suspects. Once the Patrol unit was able to stop the vehicle, officers approached the said vehicle. This is when the driver decided to flee in the vehicle in a violent manner, disregarding the safety of others, and committing several traffic violations before crashing the vehicle. Agents and officers secured two of the suspects in the vehicle, but the driver fled on foot. Agents located suspected marijuana inside the vehicle and took the two into custody.
- Johnathan Landry (dob 7/23/86) and Brice Vallier (dob 4/5/87) also of Abbeville were both arrested and charged with principle to distribution of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle was identified and is being actively sought.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and your e-mail will be held in the "strictest of confidence" and replied to in a very timely manner.