Two arrested in heroin ring bust

On Monday, Nov. 18, the Rayne Police Department concluded a month-long investigation into a heroin distribution ring.

Officers executed a search warrant at 603 Fourth Street, the residence of Matthew Paul Morace and Lucricia Bourque. Officers located 14 grams of high-grade heroin, packaging material, drug paraphernalia and stolen items that were being traded in exchange for heroin. Officers also located $4,284 within the residence.

Matthew Paul Morace and Lucricia Bourque were both charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen things and transactions involving proceeds from controlled dangerous substance transactions.

Chief of Police Carroll Stelly advised that civil proceedings were executed to seize and forfeit the money derived from drug sales. Stelly added that “heroin is a serious threat to this community that will not be tolerated. Heroin is devastating to people who use it and their families. We will not allow it to get a foot-hold in this community.”

"The money seized will be utilized to combat narcotics in the future. In addition, it is a powerful tool we use to disrupt the drug dealers business,” said Stelly.

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