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St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith Announces Details on the Investigation into Illegal Drug Trafficking in St. Mary Parish

In 2018, detectives with our Narcotics Section began an investigation into illegal narcotics distribution in St. Mary Parish. It was learned that the Weeden Drug Trafficking Organization, led by Lamar Jermaine Weeden of Parks, who was on Federal Parole, and Willie Alfred of Jeanerette, was once again actively distributing drugs in St. Mary Parish despite action by federal law enforcement.

Through the investigation, more than 30 subjects were identified as being a part of the organization, which extended beyond St. Mary Parish. The Louisiana State Police was contacted to assist due to the organizational operations outside our jurisdiction. Arrests were made by us as well as the State Police on most of those who were identified and warrants have been obtained for others.

On April 19, 2021, a multi-agency operation was conducted in order to execute warrants and arrest the leaders of this organization.

Warrants for Lamar Weeden and Willie Alfred were executed simultaneously, and both men were taken into custody without incident. Several other warrants were executed that day, with six subjects arrested on warrants for racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit racketeering activity. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Through this investigation, large amounts of drugs and drug proceeds have been seized and taken off the streets of St. Mary Parish and surrounding parishes. The seizures included:

· 125 g. Heroin

· 233.8 g. Crack Cocaine

· 471 g. Powder Cocaine

· 1,167 dosage vials of Ecstasy

· 7 ½ dosage vials of Lorazepam

· 500 dosage units of Xanax

· 19 grams of Marijuana

· 2 vials of PCP

· $63,000 in cash

Also arrested as part of this investigation were:

Kurwin Nigel Webb Sr., 46, Patterson, LA, was arrested on April 19, 2021, at 11:23 am on a warrant for racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit racketeering activity. Webb also held three warrants for failure to appear on the charges of criminal neglect of family (2 counts) and expired motor vehicle inspection.

Bail was set at $251,300.

Leon Williams, 64, Patterson, LA, was arrested on April 19, 2021, at 12:35 pm on a warrant for racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit racketeering activity. Bail was set at $250,000.

Leroy Hawkins Jr., 37, Jeanerette, LA, was arrested on April 19, 2021, at 10:46 am on a warrant for racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit racketeering activity. Bail was set at $250,000.

Morris L. Charles, 47, Morgan City, LA, was arrested on April 19, 2021, at 12:23 pm on a warrant for racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit racketeering activity. Bail was set at $250,000.

Willie Alfred, 41, Four Corners, LA, was arrested on April 19, 2021, at 7:42 am on a warrant for the following charges:

· distribution of cocaine (2 counts)

· distribution of schedule II drugs

· racketeering activity

· conspiracy to commit racketeering activity

Bail was set at $300,000.

Sheriff Smith would like to thank our SMPSO Narcotics detectives for their tireless efforts and the Louisiana State Police for their assistance, as well as those agencies who assisted with serving the warrants on April 19:

· Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office

· Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office

· Homeland Security Investigations

· Customs & Border Protection

· Louisiana National Guard Counter Drug Program

· Berwick Police Department

· Morgan City Police Department

Smith said, “Your teamwork and support are valuable to us. Thank you for helping to make St. Mary Parish a safer and healthier place to live.”

 

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