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Crack-Down on CRIME

HAMMOND, LA – (August 22, 2017) – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports five individuals arrested after multiple agencies join forces in an operation to crack-down on crime.

As part of a multi-agency drug suppression operation, a search warrant was obtained and executed at an address on Larussa Lane in Independence. The residence has been the target of an on-going joint investigation led by special agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the City of Hammond Police Department Narcotics Division and the City of Independence Police Department. Over the past several months, multiple controlled illegal narcotics purchases have been made from this residence. Serious allegations of crack cocaine distribution, heroine distribution, and methamphetamine distribution have been under investigation from this residence.

On August 17, 2017, at approximately 1:30 p.m., upon execution of the warrant as while agents were approaching the residence, they observed a white male subject to throwing multiple items of an open window. These were recognized by agents to be various forms of drug paraphernalia and suspected illegal narcotics.

Upon entry, multiple individuals were located inside of the residence who were subsequently detained as an extensive search of the residence began. During the search numerous items of controlled dangerous substances such as foil wrapped packages of heroin prepared for street level distribution, powder cocaine, Xanax pills and different precursors for the preparation or “COOKING” of powder cocaine to be transformed into the street name “CRACK” were located and collected from the residents. Agents also located digital scales and numerous clear plastic bags often used in the packaging of street level narcotics distribution. Inside of a hole in the wall of one of the bedrooms, agents located an amount of U.S. Currency and one firearm. While searching the master bedroom and bathroom of the residence, agents located approximately 10 grams of processed heroin and approximately 60 grams of “Crack” Cocaine hidden in a clothes hamper.

All individuals present at the residence during the time of the search warrant denied any knowledge of the narcotics and paraphernalia found inside and outside of the residence - even though most of the items were in plain view. Consequently, they were all placed under arrest with the following charges:

Allen Cook of Hammond, LA - (B/M, DOB 7/16/1968):
Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 CDS, Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 2 CDS, Possession of drug Paraphernalia, Probation Violation/warrant

Shelby Snow of Amite, LA - (W/M, DOB 10/17/1992):
Possession of schedule 1 CDS, Possession of drug Paraphernalia

Shep Garner of Hammond, LA - (B/M, DOB 6/1/1989):
Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 CDS, Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 2 CDS, Possession of drug Paraphernalia

Omie Bickham of Hammond, LA - (B/M, DOB 9/6/1978):
Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 CDS, Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 2 CDS, Possession of drug Paraphernalia

David Blount Jr. of Hammond, LA - (B/M, DOB 6/1/1985):
Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 CDS, Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 2 CDS, Possession of drug Paraphernalia

Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials will continue to work together seeking one common goal, “Protecting and Serving our Community." – says Edwards. "Crime knows no boundaries, and we shouldn’t either.” he continued. The success of this operation and the countless others just like it, are the direct result of the dedicated efforts among the agencies involved – Thank you!

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