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Crowd control service leads to large drug bust for VPPD

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A baby bottle filled with green liquid believed to be codeine was found during a recent drug bust by the Ville Platte Police Department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

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A bag of marijuana was found during a recent drug bust by the Ville Platte Police Department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

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A large bag of multi-colored pills believed to be ecstasy was found during a recent drug bust by the Ville Platte Police Department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

By: RAYMOND PARTSCH III
Managing Editor

The Ville Platte Police Department turned a night of providing crowd control into a multiple drug arrests.
In a release by VPPD, officers were at a local business located on Tate Cove Road working crowd control when officers detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from a parked vehicle in the parking lot.
VPPD officers made contact the occupants of the vehicle and discovered that one of them had a marijuana joint in his hand. Upon searching the vehicle officers discovered a baby bottle with a green liquid believed to be codeine, a large bag of multi-colored pills believed to be ecstasy, a large bag of marijuana, a digital scale and a stolen firearm.
VPPD arrested four individuals in connection to the incident. Those four were:
•Tieberrious Wilson, 19 of 128 E. Pine Street, Ville Platte. Wilson was charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I, possession with intent to distribute schedule II (ecstasy), possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Codeine), illegal possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS). Wilson was transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $82,500.00 bond.
•Pierre Thomas, 32 of 2016 Evelyn Street, Lake Charles. Thomas was charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I, possession with intent to distribute schedule II (ecstasy), possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Codeine), illegal possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of CDS. Thomas was transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $85,000.00 bond.
•Shawn Thomas, 21 of 513 N.E. Railroad Street, Ville Platte. Thomas was charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I, possession with intent to distribute schedule II (ecstasy), possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Codeine), illegal possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of CDS. Thomas was transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $82,500.00 bond.
•Gerald Tezeno, 25 of 513 N.E. Railroad Street, Ville Platte. Tezeno was charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I, possession with intent to distribute schedule II (ecstasy), possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Codeine), illegal possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of CDS and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Tezeno was transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $132,000.00 bond.
VPPD also stated that a few undercover narcotic operations also have recently led to three arrests.
•Wonkeva Campbell, 33 of 505 N. Dupre Street, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with distribution of schedule I (marijuana). Campbell was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $10,000.00 bond.
•Lee Eric Ardoin 35 of 1527 Carl Street, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with distribution of schedule II (crack cocaine). Ardoin was booked into the Ville Platte city jail on a $50,000.00 bond.
•Gerald Tezeno 25 of 513 N. E. Railroad Street, Ville Platte, was arrested and charged with distribution of schedule I (marijuana). Tezeno’s bond was set at $15,000.00. Tezeno’s warrant was executed while he was at the Ville Platte Police Department jail on another incident. More arrests are expected.
The VPPD wants to let residents know that if you have any information about any illegal activities, you are encouraged to contact the VPPD at (337) 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.

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