Ponchy's 'Operation Clean Sweep' nets 17 arrests

PONCHATOULA - Ponchatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrisson has released the names, ages and charges of over a dozen suspects arrested earlier this week in Operation Clean Sweep, the largest and most successful anti-drugs operation in Ponchatoula history.

“Fighting drug dealers remains a top priority at the Ponchatoula Police Department,” said Chief Layrisson. “We couldn’t have done this without a team of full-time narcotics detectives.”

A total of 14 suspects were arrested on 35 different charges, including 17 drug-related violations.  These suspects face a possible combined total sentence of over 430 years in prison and over $1.5 million in combined fines.  Those arrested include:
 
-     Lloyd Jones, age 39, 1 count of Possession of Stolen Property
 
-     Keith Joseph, age 35, 1 count of Distribution of Schedule I
 
-     Eric Brister, age 26, 4 counts of Distribution of Schedule II, 2 counts of Distribution of Schedule I, 1 count of Possession of Firearm   while Possessing a CDS
 
-     James Hines, age 33, 2 counts of Failure to Appear, 1 count of Possession of Schedule I
 
-     John Smith, age 45, 1 count of Distribution of Schedule II
 
-     Alton Pines, age 39, 1 count of Distribution of Schedule I
 
-     Omar Walker, age 20, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction
 
-     Cortez Walker, age 21, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction
 
-     Larry Shelvin, age 51, 3 counts of Failure to Appear, 1 count Principle to Distribution of Schedule I
 
-     Louis Austin Jr, age 25, 1 count of Failure to Appear, 1 count of Distribution of Schedule I
 
-     Gregory Tutt, age 52, 1 count of Failure to Appear, 2 counts of Distribution of Schedule I, 1 count Possession with Intent to   Distribute Schedule I
 
-     Hezzie Bickham, age 53, 7 counts of Failure to Appear, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction
 
-     Trent Metz, age 21, 1 count Simple Assault-Domestic
 
-     Michael Spears, age 49, 1 count of Distribution of Schedule I
 

Operation Clean Sweep involved a 3-month undercover narcotics investigation and inter-agency teamwork between the Ponchatoula Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole.  The Ponchatoula Police Narcotics Division will attempt to locate 6 additional suspects, on whom they have obtained arrest warrants.


“Although we’re proud of this operation’s success, our work is not done,” said Chief Layrisson.  “We’ll continue to apply the heat to anyone who brings illegal drugs into our community.”

Ponchy Police Chief seeks public's help

Ponchy Police Chief seeks public's help - PONCHATOULA - Ponchatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrisson has released the names, ages and charges of six suspects wanted for felony drug charges.  These charges are results from Operation Clean Sweep.  This operation was a three month undercover operation conducted in the City of Ponchatoula.  Anyone with information on the following individuals is asked to contact the Ponchatoula Police Department at (985) 386-6548 as you may be entitled to an award.


First row, from left to right:


Reginald Hughes born 6-3-67, One count Distribution of Schedule I drugs

Rashaud West born 8-18-84, One count Distribution of Schedule I drugs

Charles Williams born 4-30-82, One count Distribution of Schedule I drugs



Second row, from left to right:

Steve Wilson born 4-8-89, Principle to Distribution of Schedule I drugs

John Gaten born 11-19-87, One count Distribution of Schedule I drugs and One count Distribution of Schedule II drugs

Bruce Carlson born 4-28-89, One count Distribution of Schedule I drugs

Raid on Ponchatoula bar results in arrests for gambling and drugs

Raid on Ponchatoula bar results in arrests for gambling and drugs - Ponchatoula- Chief of Police Bry Layrisson announces that the Ponchatoula Police Department, along with agents from the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office and the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control, conducted a compliance check on Club Strawberry on Saturday, August 04 just after midnight.

Officers and agents entered through the main entrance of the building. Once inside, the music was immediately turned off and the lights turned on. All exit doors were secured, and all patrons and employees were made to exit through the main entrance of the building. All individuals on the premises were required to provide identification. Officers found illegal narcotics inside the building thrown on the floor, in the trash cans, in the pockets of the pool table and on the ground outside in the parking lot.

Ponchatoula Police arrested two subjects. Vollen Washington, age 34, was arrested for gambling. Washington was allegedly operating an illegal dice game inside the bar. Quontasha Womack, age 20, was arrested on 2 counts of Failure to Appear, according to Chief Layrisson.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office cited Club Strawberry for several violations including: a cease and desist cooking order, flammables in a public place, locked exit doors, improper wiring and a malfunctioning fire alarm. The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control cited Club Strawberry for the following violations: gambling, narcotics on the premises, unsanitary practices, refilling of liquor bottles, having no employee records and no employee on the premises had a Responsible Vendor's card.

The Ponchatoula Police will continue to enforce compliance on all the city alcohol beverage outlets. The recent complaints of underage drinking and capacity violations will be diligently investigated, and any violations will be strictly enforced, Layrisson said.


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