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Three in LC face steroid charges

*published Sept. 10, 2010
State and federal authorities on Thursday arrested four people — three in Lake Charles and one in Baton Rouge — who officials say were part of a “significant” steroid-distribution ring throughout south Louisiana.

During the arrests, officials reportedly seized about $80,000 in cash, more than 300 vials of steroids and two weapons, and they dismantled two labs they said were used to manufacture steroids.

In Lake Charles, officials arrested Jordan Berza, 26, Bryce Meaux, 23, and Christopher Gass, 24.

Gass was charged with possession of a Schedule III drug with intent to distribute. Berza and Meaux were charged with possession with intent and with possession of a weapon while engaged in a drug crime and with running a clandestine lab.

In Baton Rouge, officials arrested Terry Kuykendall, 24, on a charge of possession with intent to distribute.

The investigation into the ring began earlier this year, said state police Sgt. James Anderson.

Kuykendall was reportedly the distributor of the drugs, while Gass, Meaux and Berza were getting the steroids shipped in from China.


September 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Fourteen-month drug ring investigation nets 10 arrests

Task Force still on lookout for four

A 14-month investigation into drug activity in the DeQuincy area ended Monday morning as members of the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force arrested 10 people.

CAT director Billy Chapman described Terry Holmes, 35, of 405 Booker St. in DeQuincy, as the ring leader and the area’s main supplier of crack. Holmes was charged with two counts of cocaine distribution, and his bond was set at $500,000.

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier said authorities are trying to seize Holmes’ assets, which include a home and a laundromat. Others arrested (all are from DeQuincy unless noted):
Darius M. Armstead, 20, 1103 Truth St. — two counts of cocaine distribution; $100,000 bond. Armstead was in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on other charges. Willie Recard Jr., 22, 808 Paul Robertson Road — one count of cocaine distribution; $25,000 bond. Eldridge J. “E.J.” Smith, 42, 738 Roland Patillo Road — two counts of cocaine distribution; $50,000 bond. Willie G. “June” Snell Jr., 39, 773 Douglas Road — one count each of distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine; $350,000 bond. Joshua E. Rock, 23, 1010 West St. — one count of cocaine distribution; $40,000 bond. Norris L. Williams, 60, 814 Paul Roberston Road — two counts of cocaine distribution; $50,000 bond. Japheal J. Griffin, 18, 106 Jefferson St. — theft; $5,000 bond. Griffin was in the parish jail on other charges. Jimmy E. Hardy, 45, 1601 W. Fourth St. — one count of cocaine distribution; $50,000 bond. James L. Brock, 54, 151 Big Woods Road, Starks — three counts of cocaine distribution.

Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said the investigation was launched after a community meeting in which DeQuincy City Council members and residents voiced their concern about drug activity in the city. With information from residents, CAT members began making undercover drug buys to identify the people who sold drugs for Holmes.

DeRosier said Holmes’ case will be presented to the U.S. attorney in hopes of taking the case to federal court. Police are still looking for four men:
Christopher J. Alfred, 23, 1109 Banneker St. — one count of cocaine distribution. Joshua E. Brooks, 20, 223 Logan Lane — three counts of cocaine distribution. He is also wanted as a suspect in a series of home invasions in south Lake Charles. Timothy Bushnell, 23, 1108 Allen St. — two counts of cocaine distribution. Matthew O. Estelle, 24, 207 Jefferson St. — two counts of cocaine distribution.

Anyone with information on the men can call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 or the CAT tip line at 491-1511. DeRosier said he will prosecute anyone who harbors the men.

Mancuso said that during the investigation, detectives also learned about a theft ring and distributors of methamphetamine and illegal prescription pills.

“This investigation has come to a conclusion, but we’re not finished here in DeQuincy,” Mancuso said. “We have a few more operations that have stemmed from this one.”


April 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

2009 DWI arrests on pace to surpass those of ’08

*Sept. 21, 2009

The number of DWI arrests in Southwest Louisiana for 2009 appears likely to surpass 2008’s.

State Police Troop D reported 1,026 impaired-driving arrests as of Sept. 15, 2009, compared to 1,102 for all of 2008. The Troop D area consists of Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jefferson Davis parishes.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office had 356 DWI arrests in 2008 and has 312 arrests so far this year.

Both agencies take proactive approaches when targeting impaired drivers.

Along with regular checkpoints, the Sheriff’s Office uses its Crime Deterrent Unit in its focus on impaired drivers.

The five-man CDU uses computer-generated statistics to target problem areas in the parish, whether for certain types of crimes or high numbers of alcoholrelated accidents. The unit is active on each 12-hour shift and does not answer dispatch calls.

Troop D Capt. Michael Leonards said the increase in arrests could be due to either more people driving while impaired or to the troop getting more troopers.

“DWI arrests are my thing,” Leonards said, explaining that he stresses DWI arrests to his troopers and shift supervisors, who track DWI arrests.

Troop D has conducted or participated in 11 DWI checkpoints that have resulted in 24 arrests.

For a conviction of driving while intoxicated, the driver has to have an in-car breathalyzer device installed in their car for at least a year.

The driver has to pay for its installation and maintenance.

This year, there have been more than 20 fatal crashes in the Troop D area, with five of them confirmed to be drugrelated and seven alcohol-related.

Also, a new law targets drivers who refuse to take sobriety tests. A driver’s license is suspended for one year on the first refusal, and for two years on the second and subsequent refusals.


September 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment