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Three arrested after seizure of 70 pounds of marijuana in Opelousas

Posted at 3:21 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 16:21:53-05

Three men have been arrested following the seizure of 70 pounds of marijuana at an Opelousas home.

According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office,  32-year-old Devin Johnson of Eunice, 33-year-old Gino R. Jackson of Eunice, and 35-year-old Demetrius Coley of Chicago were all arrested after information was received that a large number of narcotics was being shipped to an Opelousas residence.

The agencies involved say they intercepted the packages and used narcotic detector dogs from the sheriff’s office and Opelousas Police Department.  Those  K-9s, police say, indicated the presence of illegal narcotics inside the packages. 

Agents conducted surveillance on the Opelousas home and obtained a search warrant for the address on Carrier Street in Opelousas.

A search was conducted and several vacuum sealed packages containing high-grade marijuana were allegedly located on the floor of the kitchen.   Several black and yellow tool boxes were also said to have been located in the kitchen area also containing clear plastic vacuum sealed bags which contained marijuana.  Also located in the kitchen area on the table were two vacuum sealers, vacuum seal bags, clear small sandwich bags, and several clear bags of high-grade marijuana.   A loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun was also discovered. 

In total, deputies say that 70 pounds of marijuana were seized during the investigation.

Agents arrested Devin Johnson, Gino Jackson, and Demetrius Coley then transported them to the parish jail for processing. 

Coley, Jackson and Johnson / ST. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office

Johnson was charged with the following

  • Illegal Carrying of Weapons,
  • Possession /intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS
  • Drug Paraphernalia

Jackson was charged with the following:

  •  Illegal Carrying of Weapons,
  • Possession W/Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS, Drug Paraphernalia

Coley was charged with the following :

  • Illegal Carrying of Weapons,
  • Possession /intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS,
  • Drug Paraphernalia

All three have their bonds set at $55,500.

“The arrests made yesterday should be an example to those attempting to abuse Postal Service delivery services that the government is vigilant and these crimes will not be tolerated,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave, of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Southern Area Field Office. “The USPS-OIG, along with our law enforcement partners will continue to vigorously investigate these types of cases in order to protect the sanctity of the mail and ensure the safety of our communities”.