Vermilion Parish War Against Drugs

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According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Chief Tony Hardy and Chief Boyd Adams, the Vermilion / Municipal task force made following arrests recently for drug related offense.

-While working street level sales disruption, agents recognized one Ian Nolan (dob 4-15-85) of Abbeville, as a person wanted for outstanding warrants. Agents approached Nolan and placed him under arrest for three contempt of court warrants. Upon taking him into the VPCC it was discovered that Nolan was concealing suspected marijuana within his clothing. Along with the contempt charges Nolan was arrested for possession of marijuana, and introducing illegal drugs into a penal facility.

-Agents received information that a person was attempting to fill a forged prescription at a local pharmacy within the parish. Agents traveled to the location where they encountered three persons who were suspect in the operation. Two of the parties fled leaving the third party behind. Upon further investigation it was found that the suspect that remained was in fact attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription. Brandon Oliver (dob 2-21-81) of Baton Rouge, was arrested for unlawfully obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraudulent means.

-The task force received several complaints of possible drugs being sold from 905 E. St in Kaplan. An investigation ensued, and upon gaining sufficient evidence agents traveled to the residence to look farther into the matter. Upon gaining access to the residence, several small bags of suspected marijuana were seized along with a larger amount, and items to assist in the distribution of the drug. Kari Mallett (dob 7-7-78) of Kaplan was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another person who was at the residence at the time, Hilton Stewart (dob 11-1-88) also of Kaplan was arrested for possession of marijuana.

-While working criminal patrol, agents attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. Agents activated their emergency lights, and upon doing so the driver of the vehicle, Willie Robinson Jr (dob 11-8-65) of Kaplan continued on, ignoring the officers attempts to have him stop. Agents noticed Robinson acting as though he was attempting to hide something as he traveled some distance continuing to ignoring their commands to stop. Upon getting Robinson stopped, and approaching the vehicle, agents noticed suspected marijuana in Robinson's hand. Robinson was advised he was under arrest, and upon doing so Robinson began to fight and resist the agents. Upon subduing him, and gaining control Robinson was arrested for possession of marijuana second offense, and resisting arrest.

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.

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