September 27, 2018  |  08:55 am

In a press conference today, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith revealed that his Narcotics Task Force successfully conducted an undercover operation in the West 30s neighborhood of Covington that led to 22 arrests of men and women charged with drug related offenses. (see below)

“We were asked by community leaders in June of this year to intervene and help remove a dangerous element from this North Covington neighborhood,” Sheriff Smith said. “For two months, I had St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives establish surveillance, interview numerous confidential informants, execute undercover purchases, and execute search warrants.”

From July 13 until September 19, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Task Force was under my instruction to perform an undercover operation focused on cleaning-up the drug and gun problem in the West 30s area of Covington.  Smith added, “On Wednesday, September 19, the first search warrant was conducted at a residence on West 31st Avenue, where we seized crack cocaine and a gun. That search warrant began a round-up that led to the arrests of 22 individuals – all who were charged with drug related offenses.  In our ongoing battle against drugs, I can tell you that during our round-up of dealers, cell phones that were seized have led us to obtain another six search warrants that are being executed at this time.”

Smith noted that four suspects remain wanted.

“Some of the crack cocaine seized a few days ago by my narcotics officers were obtained within close proximity of a school and playground,” Sheriff Smith said. “These drugs are poison and present a real danger to our children, families and our quality of life.  Everywhere that I find a battleground you can rest assured that deputies will infiltrate the area with determination and resolve to rid our streets of dangerous drugs and drug dealers.”

Smith also used the round-up as an opportunity to send a stern warning to anyone dealing drugs throughout the parish.  “I want to emphasize that I have zero tolerance for unrest in our community,” Sheriff Smith added. “I have zero tolerance for drug dealers, gangs, gun runners and all who set out to commit a crime. My message is clear: If you are engaging in any criminal misconduct … STOP or you will be arrested.  I will be relentless to keep you from harming anyone in our community.”

The West 30s neighborhood has been a high-crime area.  Recently, outside a grocery on North Columbia Street, one teenager and five adults were arrested during riot that broke out on the street which sent three people to the hospital including one person who was wounded by being stabbed in the head.  In July, St. Tammany Sheriff’s deputies arrested three teens on five counts each of assault by drive-by shooting, drug and weapons charges. One of those arrested fired shots at a house with two adults and three children inside.

“This area has been rife with multiple drive-by shootings, an unsolved murder, robberies, other reported shootings, and in-the-open drug dealing,” Sheriff Smith said.

The Sheriff also noted that while completing the West 30s investigation, Narcotics Task Force deputies across the parish made an additional 88 arrests, seized 17 firearms, conducted 22 residential search warrants, received and assigned 85 tip-line complaints and documented numerous new confidential informants.

Smith concluded his press briefing stating, “Drugs are an evil that we can all unite against, and in St. Tammany we always will.”

Citizens who wish to report information about suspected narcotics activity and wish to remain anonymous, may do so by contacting the STPSO narcotics tip line at 888-GO2-JAIL (888-462-5245).

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Michael JACKSON (DOB 4/19/1971) 

5 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:966A Distribution Schedule I CDS (marijuana)

5 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Joycelyn COOPER (DOB 1/4/1993) WANTED

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Justice DAVENPORT (DOB 7/29/1996)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, Drug Free Zone

1 count of L.R.S. 14:27/40:967A Attempt Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S.14:79 Violation of Protective Order  

 

Freddie HOWARD (DOB 08/29/1964)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, Drug Free Zone

 

Terrence BEDFORD (DOB 04/05/1995)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, Drug Free Zone

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967C Possession of Schedule II (Hydrocodone)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:666C Possession of Schedule I CDS (Marijuana)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (scale)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:1041C Possession of Proceeds from Illicit Narcotics Transactions

 

Reginald RATLIFF (DOB 03/15/1966) 

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, Drug Free zone

1 count of CCRP.21 Contempt of Court

1 count of CCRP.345 Surrender of Bond

 

Donald WILLIAMS (DOB 06/01/1961)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, Drug Free Zone

 

Maggie OWENS (DOB 07/16/1958)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, Drug Free Zone

1 count of L.R.S. 32:57.1 Failure to Appear

 

Barbara PENN (DOB 12/24/1958)

1 count of L.R.S. 14:24/40:967A Principal to the Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 14:24/40:981.3 Principal to Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, Drug Free Zone

 

Dartanian Lamar TAYLOR (DOB 2/15/1987)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

2 counts of CCRP.21 Contempt of Court

 

Nathan PENN (DOB 04/12/1955)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Derrick SMITH (DOB 11/26/1984)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967C Possession Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Gerald BROWN (DOB 10/15/1965)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

1 count of L.R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Susan JOHNSON aka Sue (DOB 05/13/1970)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

1 count of L.R.S. 14:108 Resisting an Officer

 

Dewon REED Jr (DOB 04/03/2001)

1 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

1 count of L.R.S. 14:26/40:967A Conspiracy to Distribution Schedule II CDS -crack cocaine

 

Michael PENN (DOB 01/24/2001)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:966A Distribution Schedule I CDS (marijuana)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Mark PIERRE (DOB 09/02/1999) WANTED

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Gary PENN (DOB 11/8/1985)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (cocaine)

2 counts of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

1 count of L.R.S. 14:108 Resisting arrest

 

UNKNOWN  WANTED

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Jordan ANKRUM (DOB 08/31/1993)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:981.3 Violation of Controlled Substance within 2,000 ft. of a school, drug free zone

 

Antoine BROOKS (DOB 5/19/1999) 

1 count of L.R.S. 14:67 Theft of official funds

1 count of L.R.S. 14:27/40:967A Attempted Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

 

UNKNOWN WANTED

1 count of L.R.S. 14:67 Theft of official funds

1 count of L.R.S. 14:27 Attempt crime

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967A Distribution Schedule II CDS (crack cocaine)

 

Bobby CHATMAN  (DOB 10/10/1997)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:966(A/C) Distribution Schedule I CDS (marijuana)

1 count of L.R.S. 14:130.1 Obstruction of Justice

1 count of L.R.S. 14:1023 Possession of drug paraphernalia

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967C Possession of Schedule II CDS (cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:1041 Transactions Involving the Proceeds of Drug Offenses

 

Patrick MCGEE (DOB 10/15/1994)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:967C Possession of Schedule II CDS (cocaine)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:966E Possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

1 count of L.R.S. 14:95(E) Possession of Firearm in Presence of CDS or Illegal Carrying of Weapon During Crime of Violence

1 count of L.R.S. 14:91.13 – Possession of CDS in the Presence of a Minor

 

Shyanne GALLO (DOB 10/22/1998)

1 count of L.R.S. 40:1023 Possession of drug paraphernalia (Summons Issued)

 

Skylar BEDFORD (DOB 4/28/1985)

1 count of CCRPS.21 Contempt of Court