September 28, 2022  |  02:01 pm

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives seized very a large cache of fentanyl during an operation that took place this week in Covington.

Tuesday (September 27) evening, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old Mexican national male. The male was transporting five kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of fentanyl at the time of his arrest.

The arrest and seizure took place in the parking lot of a Covington-area hotel.

Fermin Ortega Rodriguez (D.O.B. 7/26/1998) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center for violation of Louisiana Revised 40:967A Prohibited acts—Schedule II.

“Fentanyl is a very dangerous drug, and I commend the detectives who worked this case and prevented a large quantity of this deadly drug from ending up on our streets,” Sheriff Randy Smith.