Dec 13, 2011 3:22 PM by Lauren Wilson

Vermilion task force sting; one arrested

The Vermilion Municipal Narcotics Task Force conducted a drug sting that lead to the arrest of Joshua Griffith.

An undercover operative made contact with Griffith on December 12th and negotiated the sale of suspected marijuana to the agent. The undercover operative traveled to Griffith's residence where the drugs were being distributed for sale. Other agents with the task force moved in and secured Griffith and the suspected marijuana.

Agents begin investigating the residence. They were able to enter the residence and seize several other bags of suspected marijuana packages for distribution and a hand gun and shotgun. Griffith was charges with distribution of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. Total bond has not been set at this time.

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.

Pictured: Joshua Griffith

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    Gun and drugs taken from home
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