Three Vermilion Parish Residents Face Drug Charges

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     Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office - While working street sales disruptions agents recognized 18 year old Stephain Brailey of Abbeville standing in the streets. Brailey was wanted by the task force for outstanding drug related warrants. Agents took Brailey into custody for possession of transactions derived from drug offenses, distribution of prescription drugs and possession of stolen items. Once taken into custody Brailey was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. After criminal analysis of the suspect drug other charges may follow. Total bond set was $25,500.

            In other action agents made a traffic stop on 38 year old Johnnie Mae Johnson of Abbeville. Once stopped Johnson was found to be in possession of prescription pills belonging to other persons. This was not a new situation to the task force due to them finding her to be in possession of prescription pills, not inside of the proper bottle, approximately a week earlier on another traffic stop. On this occasion Johnson advised agents that the pills were for her older daughter, which she produced evidence of later. Johnson was warned that if this were to happen again she would be charged due to the pills not being properly labeled or cared for. After agents made the above mentioned stop, Johnson, used the excuse of picking up another person's pills for them. Agents noticed several pills were missing from the bottle and through the investigation found that there was no reason for missing pills due to the fact that the owner of the pills had not received them yet from the original pick up. Johnson was taken into custody and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a schedule II and schedule III narcotic (Oxycodone, Lortab). Total bond set was $30,000.

            On the fourth of July heads up work by Sheriff's Department officials brought the task force out to charge a man with drug crimes. Upon responding to a complaint deputies found 29 year old Francis Smith Jr of Gueydan incoherent in his vehicle. After a brief investigation, Smith was found to be in possession of illegal prescription narcotics and several grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Deputies took Smith into custody and contacted agents wherein Smith was charges with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of methamphetamine. Total bond set was $26,000.

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 taskforce@vpso.net 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 www.vpso.net. Click on Task Force for this information.

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