Two charged, narcotics and weapons recovered

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Once again teamwork was a key in recovering narcotics, money and weapons.

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s detectives, Captain Keith Dupre, Danon Maricle and Stanley Washington had been receiving information pertaining to narcotics at 972 L’anse Aux Pailles Road for several months.

Dupre, chief of detectives, said they utilized that information and joined forces with agents from their office, the Ville Platte Police Department and Louisiana State Police, Troop I’s narcotics unit. The group executed a search warrant Wednesday evening, July 9, and recovered marijuana, crack cocaine and cocaine among other items.

Wednesday evening, officers converged on the L’anse Aux Paille home and recovered approximately $900 in cash, two large bags of compressed marijuana, approximately 15 grams of cocaine, crack cocaine, smaller bags of marijuana, scales, a 9-mm handgun, a 12-gauge shotgun and an assortment of pills.

“We also found several bags, including small and large sandwich bags, indicating distribution may have been occurring from this residence,” Dupre said.

As a result of this investigation, Steven “Slim” Anthony Wilson, 45, a former resident of Texas, and Crystal Vidrine, 22, both of 972 L’anse Aux Pailles, Ville Platte, were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

“We will be checking on the weapons to make sure they have not been stolen,” Dupre said.

He also said investigators had learned prior to executing the search warrant, the couple had weapons and pit bulls. He said because of this information, they went with enough law enforcement personnel to ensure they were safe as well as the couple.

In regards to another case, Dupre said over the past two weeks, the sheriff’s office has recovered 17 marijuana plants. He said the patrol unit and Detective Maricle worked on recovering these plants. He said one of the plants was over two-feet tall.

“They did a great job,” Sheriff Eddie Soileau said. He commended the deputies, including Jason Manuel, Sgt. Robert Moreau and Joey Pelloquin, for their outstanding work.

Sheriff Soileau also thanked the public for its continued support of his office. He encouraged the public to continue reporting suspected illegal activities. He said his deputies would continue to follow leads and investigate all complaints. He said without the public’s assistance, they would not have solved many cases.

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