Seven people have been arrested in connection with a drug trafficking investigation in multiple parishes.
Louisiana State Police say that as a result of a multi-agency investigation seven arrests were made and over $50,000 seized. LSP says the alleged leaders of the organization, identified as 48-year-old Lamar Weeden of Parks and 41-year-old Willie Alfred Sr. of Jeanerette, were arrested on Monday April 19, 2021.
In 2018, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation involving several individuals selling illegal narcotics. As their investigation continued, state police says it began to cross into other jurisdictions of the state and they contacted LSP for assistance.
Through the course of the investigation, a large amount of illegal narcotics, prescription medication, and U.S. currency was seized by investigators, they say.
Weeden was booked into the St. Martin Parish Detention Center on charges of racketeering, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and proceeds obtained in illegal drug transactions. Alfred was booked into the St. Mary Parish Correctional Facility on charges of racketeering, three counts of distribution of cocaine, and distribution of methamphetamine.
Additionally, the following individuals were identified and arrested for their roles in the organization. They were also booked into the St. Mary Parish Correctional Facility.
- Kim Butler, age 39 for racketeering
- Leroy Hawkins, age 54 for racketeering
- Kurwin Webb, age 46 for racketeering
- Leon Williams, age 64 for racketeering
- Clifford Harris, age 48 for racketeering
This was a collaborative effort between Louisiana State Police, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs & Border Protection and Louisiana National Guard Counter Drug Program.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.
The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through an anonymous reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. The form can be found by visiting http://la-safe.org/ and clicking on the “Suspicious Activity” link.
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