Through investigative techniques, investigators learned this drug trafficking organization was transporting large quantities of marijuana and cocaine into the Tensas Parish area from the state of Texas. As a result of this investigation, approximately $100,000 in cash, weapons, over 100 pounds of marijuana and approximately 90 ounces of cocaine were seized.
On Aug. 22 troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, Troop E and Troop F, as well as deputies from the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office, served 18 arrest warrants in Tensas and Concordia Parishes.
Each of the subjects listed below were arrested on all of the following charges: racketeering act, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and transactions involving proceeds from drug transactions.
Subject 1: Paula M. Williams, B/F, 31, Waterproof, LA
Subject 2: Antoinette S. Lewis, B/F, 23, Waterproof, LA
Subject 3: Elisha Ann Hillard, B/F, 27, Waterproof, LA
Subject 4: Derrick L. Fields, B/M, 42, Waterproof, LA
Subject 5: Curtis T. Cephus, B/M, 36, Waterproof, LA
Subject 6: Morris O. Clark, B/M, 23, Waterproof, LA
Subject 7: James Cephus, B/M, 33, Waterproof, LA
Subject 8: Brandon O. Daniels, B/M, 37, Ferriday, LA.
Subject 9: Craig Carter, B/M, 51, Houston, TX.
Subject 10: Darshiana Edwards, 23, Waterproof, LA
Subject 11: Mark Bethel, B/M, 35, Waterproof, LA
Subject 12: Samantha Cephus, B/F, 43, Waterproof, LA
Subject 13: Jeanetta Gill, B/F, 35, Waterproof, LA
Subject 14: Jeremy Walsworth, W/M, 20, Vidalia, LA
Subject 15: Kenya Cephus Simmons, B/F, 32, Ferriday, LA
Subject 16: Steven Ross, B/M, 29, Waterproof, LA
Subject 17: Maurice Devine, B/M, 35, New Orleans, LA
Subject 18: Lemar E. Reese, B/M, 33, Clayton, La
If convicted, each individual faces up to 120 years prison and over $1,100,000 dollars in fines.
The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.
“Illegal narcotics are not just an urban problem. Unfortunately it affects all of Louisiana. State Police will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to rid our communities of drugs," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “The results of this investigation are indicative of what we can do when Federal, State and local law enforcement work together."
Sheriff Ricky Jones of Tensas Parish said, “I am always glad to work with the Louisiana State Police to keep Tensas Parish free from drugs.”