Two employees implicated in cocaine theft from BR courthouse, 22 kilograms missing
POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — An audit reveals that roughly 22 kilograms of cocaine is missing from the evidence vault at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse, and two employees are accused for the theft.
An affidavit states that William Bates Colvin, 30, was entrusted with a key to the evidence vault back in October 2012. He confessed to taking 7 kilograms of cocaine from the vault and involving his girlfriend, Debra Bell, 55, who is also an employee at the Clerk of Court’s Office.
Colvin alleges that Bell helped him transport the drugs to the home they shared together. However, Bell states that she ended her relationship with Colvin the day after she learned about the theft. She says she moved out of the home to a residence in Maurepas. However, while moving her things, she discovered a box containing two kilograms of cocaine and $10,000 in cash.
Bell stated that after she made the discovery she recruited her son, Colt Bell, to sell the narcotics. He, along with accomplice Terrance Ramirez, allegedly sold the cocaine in small amounts, and gave money from its profit to Debra Bell. Reports also note that Ramirez and Colt Bell contacted Colvin and used tactics of extortion to force him into stealing more drugs from the evidence vault. Bell claims Colvin paid them $5,000 each in exchange for their silence.
The affidavit also implicates Deroy Joseph for distribution of the stolen drugs. Colvin allegedly sold 3.5 kilograms of cocaine to Joseph for $5,000, which he then redistributed in amounts totaling $40,000. However, Joseph claims that he was robbed by other drug dealers of that money and was unable to give it to Colvin, which was part of their original arrangement.
So far an audit reveals that a total of 22 kilograms of cocaine is currently unaccounted for.