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Narcotics Related Arrests

KENTWOOD, LA - May 26, 2020 - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following narcotics related arrests.

On May 19, 2020, TPSO Narcotics Agents, assisted by criminal investigative detectives, ended a three month long investigation into illegal drug activity at a residence on Schenk Road in Kentwood - just south of the state line.

The findings of this investigation led the sheriff's office in an extensive investigation into an area that most local drug dealers refer to as the "Mack Hole". This area is also troublesome for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, as numerous cases and arrests are made just north of the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. Heroin is believed to be supplied to individuals in both states from this area commonly known as the "MACK HOLE".

Data and evidence collected throughout the investigation led agents to obtain and execute a search warrant on 34-year-old Keon Mack’s (also known as BLUE) Shenk Rd. residence. As a result of the search conducted of Mack, his residence and property, agents located approximately 3 ounces of heroin, approximately 36 ounces of high grade marijuana, a 9mm handgun, and about 12,000.00 dollars in United States currency that was hidden in a disabled vehicle on the property. The monetary denomination of the currency is consistent with street level narcotics sales.

A large amount of stolen property was also located inside the residence with numerous items of drug paraphernalia to include packaging materials and digital scales.

Multiple arrests were made that day. The following individuals were present and arrested at the Kentwood residence at the time law enforcement executed the warrant.

1. Keon "BLUE" Mack, 34 of Kentwood, LA. : Charges - 3 counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute schedule 1 CDS, 1 count Possession of schedule 1 CDS, 1 count Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS (Heroin), Possession of Firearm while in Possession of CDS, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

2. Hosea Walker, 47 of Kentwood, LA.: Charges - Possession of Schedule 1 CDS (Heroin)

3. Claude Varnado, 61 of Kentwood, LA: Charges - Possession of Schedule 2 CDS (Crack Cocaine)

4. Ladd Mack, 26 of Kentwood, LA. : Charges - Possession of Schedule CDS (Marijuana), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.