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Couple arrested on drug, weapons charges

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 17:28:28-05

A St. Landry Parish couple has been arrested on multiple drugs and weapons charges after an months-long investigation.

According to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, Brandon Thibodeaux and Kelonda Pitre Thibodeaux of the Lawtell area were arrested in December of last year with a large amount of weapons, cash, and illegal drugs. They were released on ankle monitors; agents kept Thibodeaux under surveillance knowing he was involved in drug activity in the parish.

Deputies obtained probable cause to obtain search warrants on Thibodeaux's property. A plastic bag containing a crystal substance, believed to be methamphetamine, was located in his vehicle. At his first residence, multiple weapons were found, including a Smith and Wesson 9 mm, a Roger Revolver, and several hundred grams of various drugs, including marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine.

At a second location, deputies found more drugs, weapons, and multiple pills suspected to be oxycodone and hydrocodone. They also discovered plastic bags containing a large amount of U.S. currency in various denominations.

Deputies then searched a fourth location and discovered additional drugs and weapons.

With the December 2019 arrest of the couple, deputies recovered a total of 20 weapons, over 900 grams of heroin and methamphetamines, over 3,000 grams of marijuana, over 350 grams of cocaine, over 124 grams of crack cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and ecstasy pills.

Brandon Thibodeaux and Kelonda Pitre Thibodeaux were arrested and are facing multiple drug and weapons charges, including four counts of possession of stolen weapons, four counts of distribution of schedule 2 CDS, and three counts of illegal weapon possession.

Deputies say in both cases, the couple had their children under the ages of 3 in the presence of the illegal activity. They were also charged for possession/use of a CDS in the presence of a person under 17 years of age.

Sheriff Guidroz stated, "This should send a clear message to the dealers in our parish and those from outside our parish distributing drugs to our citizens. Our intelligence network tells us who and where you are located and we are coming for you. We will continue our efforts and will arrest you and put you out of the illegal drug business in St. Landry Parish." I would like to personally thank our agents and crime stoppers for our see something say something and say it here campaign but especially to our citizens who call us, your complaints are not being ignored."

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