Vermilion Parish Narcotics agents make arrests after stop – The Gueydan Journal

(L-R) Officer Frankie Brooks, Eddie Langlianis, Sheriff Mike Couvillon and Lt. Travin Moore.
Courtney Davis
Thomas Jenkins III
According to Eddie Langlinais, Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, and Violent Crimes Task Force Director, the Vermilion Municipal and Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force made the following arrests for narcotics-related offenses within the parish.
On March 7, the Vermilion Municipal and Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force was contacted for assistance in a narcotics investigation initiated by the Maurice Police Department.
While Officer Frankie Brooks was conducting a traffic stop on John Michael Road in Maurice, the driver continued until he pulled into a residence off of Michael John Road, which was later identified as his residence. The driver exited the vehicle, while the passenger attempted to discard something. After securing the scene, officer Brooks located a backpack which was the item the passenger had attempted to get rid of earlier. Officer Brooks located a large amount of possible synthetic marijuana and several multicolored pills in Ziplock bags.
Officer Brooks contacted the Task Force at this time to assist with the investigation. Once a narcotics task force agent arrived, a search warrant was applied for and granted for the residence where the driver had pulled into. After a search of the residence, agents located approximately five pounds of synthetic marijuana within the residence. According to Langlinais, narcotics agents seized approximately six pounds of synthetic marijuana, more than 2,500 ecstasy pills, $1,978 in suspected drug proceed currency and drug paraphernalia.
The following persons were arrested and charged with the following crimes:
Thomas Jenkins III, 51m of Donaldsonville
• Possession with intent to distribute Synthetic marijuana,
• Possession with the intent to distribute MDMA, Ecstasy
Courtney Davis, 33, of Maurice
• Possession with the intent to distribute Synthetic Marijuana
• Transaction involving drug proceeds
• Possession of drug paraphernalia
The juveniles will remain unidentified due to their age but were subsequently charged as well.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon commends MPD Officer Brooks on the job he did on the traffic stop, his attention to detail which led to his discovery of the illicit drugs, and his forethought of bringing in the Narcotic Task Force to further the investigation. "This is another great example of law enforcement working together on the streets. This united effort allowed the investigation to find more of the dangerous synthetic marijuana. The term "synthetic marijuana" is very misleading because the actual substance has nothing to do with marijuana except in appearance only. This is a highly toxic and dangerous drug that uses chemicals which induce psychotic episodes to the user and sometimes includes death. I am encouraged when I see this kind of teamwork in the never-ending battle against illegal drugs”, said the Sheriff.
“When law enforcement unites, there is no limit to what we can achieve. We must never relent in our fight against the illegal drugs that poison our streets and communities. We must continue to build on this success, echoing what the Sheriff said, that when we work together, great things can happen”, said VCTF Director Eddie Langlinais.
Sheriff Couvillon would like to thank the Mayors and their council of Abbeville, Maurice, Kaplan, Gueydan, and Erath, along with their Chiefs of Police, for their support of the Vermilion Municipal and Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force. Sheriff Couvillon also applauds the concerned citizens of Vermilion Parish for their awareness and assistance in helping the Task Force in fighting the war on illegal drugs. He encourages all citizens with information in regards to illegal drug activities to contact the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office or the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit at (337) 740-4501 or E-mail the Task Force anonymously at and your e-mail will be held in the “strictest of confidence” and replied to in a very timely manner.
More information on reporting drug activities can be seen on our Web Site at Click on Narcotics and fill out the TURN IN A PUSHER information.
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