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Heroin Dealers Arrested by Agents During a Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of three suspected drug dealers last week, all from Golden Meadow. Dwayne Johns, 29 has been charged along with Rickey Cheramie Jr., 45, and his wife, Lacie Cheramie, 39.

Narcotics agents were conducting surveillance in the central area of Lafourche Parish when they observed a traffic violation on LA Highway 1 in Mathews. With assistance from a patrol deputy, they conducted a traffic stop on the car and identified the driver as Dwayne Johns. Other occupants in the vehicle were identified as Rickey and Lacie Cheramie. Lacie Cheramie was found to be holding suspected heroin in her hand and was later discovered to have several small bags of heroin on her person.

A K-9 unit in the area responded to the scene and alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents found more suspected heroin and paraphernalia determined to belong to Johns and Rickey Cheramie. Agents seized a total of approximately 58.9 grams of heroin during the traffic stop.

Through investigation, agents also obtained a search warrant for the Cheramies’ residence in Golden Meadow. There, they discovered more heroin, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, as well as $1,260 in cash.

All three were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. Rickey Cheramie was charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, and bail is set at $150,000. Lacie Cheramie was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Possession of Heroin, and bail is set at $80,000. Johns was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, and bail is set at $75,000.

Citizens are reminded that they can report any drug-related or suspicious activity. Information can be reported directly to the Narcotics section commander, Lieutenant Derek Champagne, at (985) 532-4365 or Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at, or via the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices.

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