Local authorities continue war on narcotics, arrests reported


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The Ville Platte Police Department made several arrests over the last few days in the area of narcotics.

“We are aggressively pursuing illegal narcotics,” Chief Neal Lartigue said. “We will continue to fight narcotics in our community.”

Roderick Pleasant, 31, 1648 W. Main St., Room 123, Ville Platte, and his girlfriend, Trenitta Guillory, 25, 713 Rozas St., Ville Platte, are facing charges after the department received information of suspected illegal narcotic activities.

A search warrant was executed Thursday, April 3, at Pleasant’s hotel room at a local hotel in town, according to Detective Ervin “Chip” Pitre.

As a result of the warrant, authorities located crack cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy. Pleasant was charged with manufacturing crack cocaine, possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana. Guillory was charged with simple possession of marijuana, which was found on her.

The next case also involved a traffic stop Thursday evening, April 3, which led to the arrest of Dexter Sampson, 50, 112 E. Desota St., Ville Platte.

Sampson was charged with obstruction of a public passage and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Another traffic stop April 3, led to the arrest of Darrius Mitchell, 19, 1706 Clement St., Ville Platte. Officers charged Mitchell with possession with intent to distribute PCP and obstruction of a public passage. They also executed an arrest warrant on Mitchell for distribution.

Melinda Lafleur and Sherna Leday were stopped March 29, by the night shift during a routine traffic stop, according to Detective, Sgt. Joey “Plywood” Fontenot. Officers discovered in plain view crack cocaine, hydrocodone (lortabs) and marijuana.

As a result of this stop, charges were filed against Melinda Perkisskia Lafleur, 20, 1308 Whiteville Road, Ville Platte, and Shenna Chienna Leday, 22, 1006 W. Live Oak St., Ville Platte. Lafleur was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of hydrocodone. Bond was set at $15,000. Leday was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Bond was set at $7,500.

If anyone has any information on illegal narcotics, they are encouraged to contact the department. Lartigue said all callers will remain anonymous.


The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the Basile Police Department Thursday evening, April 3, to execute a search warrant at a Basile residence.

Leeroy Hardy, 65, 2348 Guillory St., Basile, was charged with simple possession of crack cocaine after authorities executed a search warrant at his residence on Guillory Street and located crack cocaine inside.

Hardy was booked into the parish jail and released on a bond.

Chief Ivory, Basile Police Department, and Sheriff Eddie Soileau, sheriff’s department, said they will continue to work together to stop illegal drug trafficking in the parish.

Soileau is pleased of the working relationship he and Ivory have established, and both men encourage residents to continue reporting illegal activities to their departments. All callers will remain anonymous.

“We all have the same goal and that is to get rid of illegal narcotics,” Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives with the sheriff’s office, said. He said Ivory and his department always provides the sheriff’s office with assistance and knowledge in the area of drug trafficking. The two departments work together to fight drug trafficking on the streets.

Law enforcement agents from all three departments remind the public they are a key in this fight against narcotics and all illegal activities. If they see something that appears to be illegal and report it to the local authorities, it will be investigated.

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