The St. Landry Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) has arrested two men who were selling high grade “Hydro” marijuana from their sno-ball stand, located on S. Bullard St. in Opelousas.
The N.E.T. closed around 37 year old Jermaine D. Doucet, of Opelousas, and 32 year old Bryant C. Fields, also of Opelousas. The two drug dealers had been operating a business called “T&E Soul Food and Sno-Balls” located at 102 S. Bullard St., Opelousas. Intelligence gathered by N.E.T. indicated that the men had offered a side dish of dangerous “Hydro” marijuana to any customer willing to pay. Little did they know that the N.E.T. was watching, gathering evidence against them and preparing to permanently close the criminal business. The Hydro Sno-Ball stand was even located within two separate drug-free school zones. Hundreds of children passed the stand every day. Meanwhile, the N.E.T. watched, and when the time was right, closed around the two dealers. The raid took place on Dec 17 2014, and when it was over, N.E.T. agents had seized a quantity of “Hydro” marijuana. The exact quantity will not be released at this time.
“Hydro” is the street name for marijuana grown indoors. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing marijuana using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as gravel. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in marijuana. Because the grower can add specific nutrients and pure supplements to the water, the THC content of hydroponically grown marijuana is very high, making this type of marijuana extremely powerful… and dangerous.
Jermaine D. Doucet was charged with: Possession of Schedule 1 C.D.S. marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Transaction Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses; Violation of a Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance within a Drug Free Zone. He has been released on an undisclosed bond and is awaiting trial. Further investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.
Bryant C. Fields was charged with Possession of Schedule 1 C.D.S. marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Violation of a Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance within a Drug Free Zone. He has been released on an undisclosed bond and is awaiting trial. Further investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.
Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz stated “Dealing drugs from a sno-ball stand inside a school zone is disturbing on many levels. These two men should be ashamed of themselves. Now that the N.E.T. has closed around them, it is our hope that they have plenty of time to think about ways to use their business skills in a positive way.”