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Sheriff: Weeks-long investigation yields largest heroin seizure in St. Landry history

Posted at 4:32 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 23:27:38-04

A four-week investigation into drug activity in St. Landry Parish led to the arrests of four individuals on Wednesday, according to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

Guidroz said the investigation led agents to three separate locations in Sunset and Opelousas and culminated in the arrests made on Wednesday. Searches of the three locations yielded the largest amount of heroin (1 pound) ever seized in the history of St. Landry Parish, stated Guidroz.

Other drugs seized were marijuana, crystal meth, ecstasy pills, and Fentanyl-laced drugs. Two semi-automatic handguns and approximately $5,000 in case where also seized during the search.

Corey M. Lanclos, 31, of Sunset, and Nicole R. Stroud, 39, of Opelousas were charged in the narcotics case, while Hunter Lanclos, 26, of Sunset, and Syndi Myers, 26, of Opelousas, had outstanding warrants for attempted theft that were unrelated to the narcotics case.

Two juveniles who were in the presence of the adults were also taken into custody by the State Department of Family Services.

Corey Lanclos, the main subject in the case according to Guidroz, has an extensive criminal history with over 33 arrests since October 2007. He has been arrested in St. Landry Parish alone 13 times. His previous charges include theft, possession of Schedule 1 narcotics, flight from an officer, home invasion, and fraud in the state of Florida in 2017.

"We're looking into why is he still on the streets after so many arrests, after so many drugs have been seized from him," explained Guidroz. "And his activity was huge. He had a big following. We were successful and able to stop him yesterday."

From Wednesday's arrest, Corey Lanclos is currently facing multiple drug possession charges and a charge for monetary instrument abuse.

Stroud is facing charges for drug possession and for drug possession in the presence of minors.

"I want to commend our law enforcement officers for the outstanding job of investigating this case. I thank them for the long hours of surveillance, thorough planning and coordination, and the fact that no one was injured or abused speaks volumes of their professionalism," Guidroz added.

Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office or St. Landry Crime Stoppers.

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