POSTED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 7:04pm
Iberville Parish, La (NBC33) — Operation Prescribed Justice, an eight-month investigation that was supposed to end back in October 2012, has finally come to an end.
"Brett (Stassi) came aboard the Iberville Sheriff’s Department, and he talked to me and we said we will go as long as we can, and we did that," stated Plaquemine Police Chief Orian Gulotta.
By involving the Sheriff’s department, the effort that was only concentrated in the city limits of Plaquemine branched out to the entire parish. That taskforce was more successful than they could have ever imagined.
"Our metro task force of both deputies and city police - they work tirelessly to put these cases together," stated Sheriff Brett Stassi.
Gulotta added, “I just left him in there and he ended up getting 15, maybe 20 more cases."
Using each other’s resources helped with the arrests of people for not only prescription drug distribution, but also for illegal narcotics, such as crack cocaine.
So with both deputies and officers working side by side, the streets of Iberville Parish are a little cleaner.
"When everybody works together, things come together so much better," said Stassi.
They have arrested 32 of the 60 people they are searching for, and will continue to search until they are all behind bars.
On NBC33 News at 6:30, we’ll give you an inside look at three of the arrests made and see how law enforcement views Operation Prescribed Justice.