Prescription drugs sold

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

PINE PRAIRIE - The arrest of a Pine Prairie couple this week is being described as a major achievement for area law enforcement in their battle against narcotics.

Pine Prairie Police Chief Todd Ortis said he and Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, had received information over the years about this couple being “major players in the distribution of prescription narcotics in and around Pine Prairie.” He said utilizing information they received last week, he and Dupre were joined by a confidential informant in an investigation into this alleged narcotic activity.

“Recently we targeted these individuals and linked them to the sale of prescription narcotics,” Ortis said. “We initiated an investigation resulting in both of their arrests. Both Patrick Wendell Fontenot, 53, and Cindy Loga Fontenot, 52, both of 1027 Cedar St., Pine Prairie, were arrested without incident and charged with distribution of methadone on April 28. They were transported to the parish jail.

Ortis said investigators obtained permission to search the couple’s residence and obtained other evidence that linked the couple to the crime of distribution. He said other items were seized at the couple’s home in connection with this investigation.

He also added officers learned the couple may have used a security deposit box at a local bank to store contraband and/or proceeds derived from the sales of prescription narcotics. With this information, Captain Dupre obtained a search warrant for the bank box.

“We got with the banking authorities at the bank and conducted a search,” Ortis said. In this search, investigators seized in excess of $8,000 in cash. “We are beginning asset forfeiture procedures against the cash,” he added.

Assisting Ortis and Dupre with the search of the house were Pine Prairie Officer Wayne Clark and sheriff’s deputies Joey Peloquin, Derek Guillory and Detective Kevin Tate.

Dupre said this was a joint effort between everyone involved, and it illustrated the good working relationship between the sheriff’s office and other agencies.

“By working together, we can accomplish a lot more,” Ortis said. “I have an excellent working relationship with the sheriff, his office and Dupre and the detectives’ division. I have only one goal and that is to rid the streets of Pine Prairie of illegal narcotics. We continue to investigate cases and more arrests will be forthcoming in the near future.”

He thanked the sheriff’s office for their assistance in this investigation.

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