“Operation Rotten Pumpkins” nets 31 drug defendants

“Operation Rotten Pumpkins” nets 31 drug defendants
image courtesy of Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 4:34pm

Sheriff Lonnie J. Greco, Sr., announces the results of a six-month undercover narcotics operation by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division that focused on street-level drug sales.

On Wednesday, November 13, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division began a “round-up” of 28 defendants charged with various drug distribution charges. While executing the arrest warrants, agents arrested three additional defendants who were found to be using narcotics. The cases were made as part of an undercover operation called “Operation Rotten Pumpkins.” The operation was named such because of the proximity to Halloween.

Narcotics purchases were made from 27 adults and one juvenile defendant between May and November throughout the Westbank of Plaquemines Parish. Illegal drugs purchased and/or seized during the investigation included crack cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, synthetic MDMA, imitation LSD, and prescription pills. Agents also seized $800 in cash and a .22 caliber rifle.

As of today, 27 of the defendants have been arrested. Four defendants are currently at-large and have active warrants for their arrests.

One defendant has been located in a correctional facility in the State of Mississippi. Two of the defendants are currently on Probation or Parole for the State of Louisiana, and one defendant is a registered sex offender, who was convicted in 2001 of molesting young girls in St. Bernard Parish.

Of particular concern, 27 of the 31 defendants have prior arrest records, of which 18 are for prior narcotics distribution and/or possession charges. 15 of the defendants have prior drug convictions, of which 10 were convicted of multiple drug offenses.

Other noteworthy convictions include negligent homicide, home invasion, second degree battery, illegal use of a firearm, aggravated escape, indecent behavior with juveniles, and resisting an officer by flight. Most disappointing, three of the defendants were charged with selling drugs to high school students who were in a school uniform.

Sheriff Greco says, “I have a zero tolerance when it comes to illegal drugs, especially drug dealers. As I have stated in the past, those individuals who sell or possess illegal narcotics will be arrested and prosecuted by my office to the fullest extent of the law.”

Defendants who have been arrested are as follows:

  • Walker Lirette, 54
  • Jerry Peoples, 47
  • Donnie Peoples, 30
  • Ivy Franklin, 55
  • Don Merrick, 56
  • Bernel Prout, Jr., 58
  • Chaz Barrois, 23
  • Tasha Evans, 33
  • Ronald Daniels, 36
  • Otis Mackey, 39
  • Andrew Billiot, Jr., 52
  • Harvey Tribe, 49
  • Tonya Moore, 41
  • Joseph Ingraham, 56
  • Raymond Jakubieiski, Jr., 49
  • Lebaron Simmons, 22
  • Cornell Washington, 37
  • Mario Frisella, 33
  • Christopher Landry, 24
  • Mindy Billiot, 29
  • Tyler Scott, 21
  • Felix Mackey, 22
  • Lance Sanders, 32
  • Norman Peoples, 34
  • Karen Fountain, 42
  • Charles Vidal, 26
  • Juvenile, 15

Defendants who are currently wanted and have outstanding warrants are as follows:

  • Cornelius Ducro, 25
  • Kendra Mitchell, 34
  • Kay Lafrance, 52
  • Renard Martin, 41

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