Over $11,000 in cash recovered

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Teamwork was the key element to recovering cocaine and over $11,000 in cash here Friday, March 7.

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Eunice Police Department joined forces to conduct an investigation that began in Eunice and ended in Ville Platte.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives, was contacted by Eunice Police Detective Robert “Beef” Brickley Friday for assistance in the case. Dupre and Sgt. Orvel Hale, a narcotics detective with the sheriff’s office, went to Eunice to meet with the officers to discuss the case.

Brickley said a confidential informant told authorities he could purchase a large amount of cocaine in the city limits of Eunice. “I called Keith for assistance, because one of the suspects came from the Evangeline Parish area.”

Detectives met, and as the investigation went forward, they found themselves back in Evangeline Parish.

Dupre said they returned to the parish and Sgt. Hale purchased cocaine from a person, whom he identified as Rodney Darjean, 29 (dob 2-22-79), 821 S. Beulah St., Eunice.

After the transaction was made on the east side of Ville Platte, authorities attempted to take four suspects into police custody. A short car chase followed, which stopped when the vehicle being pursued went into the ditch. Dupre said one of the suspects, identified as Deamous Demond Offord, 22 (dob 9-22-85), 469 Veterans Drive, Opelousas, began to run through some fields in the area. Authorities captured him a short time later, and over $10,000 was found in his possession.

Dupre said the money was bundled in various amounts from $1,000 packs to $100 packs. After the arrest was made, authorities seized a grand total of $11,044 in cash in the investigation. They confiscated a scale and over 30 grams of cocaine, which was weighed on the suspects’ scale, according to Dupre.

The other two suspects in this case included the driver, Trevor Scott Frilot, 21 (dob 7-30-86), 4198 Prairie Rhonde Road, Opelousas, and Sylvester Boagni, 23 (dob 8-29-84), 2128 Dupre Road, Opelousas.

All four were brought to the Evangeline Parish Jail where they were charged with distribution of cocaine. No bond had been set at press time. It will be set Monday, March 10.

“Everyone played a key role in this case,” Dupre said as he explained how the case unfolded. “The backbone of the case began in Eunice when Detective Brickley utilized the information he had.” From the initial call to the capture of the suspects, he said everyone’s job was important in the battle to stop illegal narcotic traffic in this area. “No one was hurt; everybody went home safe, even the bad guys.”

Brickley said safety was his number one priority when conducting narcotics investigations. “As long as the bad guy goes to jail and everybody is safe, I’m okay.”

Both agencies give credit to the other for a great job in this case. “Keith and I have a great working relationship,” Brickley said. “With narcotic investigations, it is important to have a good working relationship with other agencies. This investigation is a prime example of that. Myself and the Eunice Police Department would like to thank the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office for all of their assistance in the past and we look forward to working closely in the future.”

Brickley said he has spoken to Eunice Police Chief Gary “Goose” Fontenot about starting a multi-jurisdiction task force to combat narcotics. He added Dupre has spoken to Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau about the same idea. He said plans are being made for the future, and this task force would include other departments within our area.

Sheriff Soileau encourages the public to report any illegal activities to his office at 363-2161. He said all callers will remain anonymous.

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