Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office nails pot farmer
By: Howell Dennis - Editor
CROWLEY - The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Department had received tips that Kenneth Leger was growing marijuana plants in the woods near his property. However,without knowing the specific location, it was tough for them in the thick wooded area.
That was until Monday when a tipster contacted the sheriff’s office with the exact location of Leger’s plants.
“Sometimes these people who live way out in the country don’t think we’ll ever find a growing operation like this,” said Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon. “Then they’ll get careless and eventually someone will see the operation who will call the police.”
Sheriff Melancon reported that narcotic agents arrested Leger, 63, of Mermentau Cove Rd. Leger is charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession of a weapon in the presence of a controlled substance.
On August 29, 2011 agents with narcotics division conducted a search of property located near Morse. in the Mermentau Cove area. Agents search a wooded area and discovered 83 marijuana plants ranging from approximately two feet in height to six feet in height. Also discovered at that time were items used to cultivate the marijuana plants.
Narcotics agents then discovered a path form the initially discovered plants that led back to Leger’s property. Narcotic agents then spoke with Leger and conducted a search of his residence and property. Narcotics agent there discovered processed marijuana in the residence additionally along with the firearm. Five marijuana plants were found growing outside of the residence.
Leger was placed under arrest and incarcerated in the Acadia Parish Jail. Bond has been set at $20,000.
Sheriff Melancon also wanted to be sure to compliment the work of Narcotics Officer Jackie Boddye.
“She does an outstanding job for us.” he added.