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Drug Trafficking Arrests

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WINNFIELD – Troopers and other law enforcement officers made numerous arrests for drug related offenses this morning in a major effort to make neighborhoods in Winn Parish safer.

Last year, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations with a growing drug problem in the parish. Troopers conducted an intensive 10-month undercover operation resulting in 29 warrants on drug traffickers for a variety of narcotic, weapon, and conspiracy charges.

This morning, troopers and other law enforcement officers executed numerous arrest warrants across Winn Parish for narcotics related offenses resulting in 20 arrests. In addition, drugs, weapons, and explosives were seized.

The following Winn Parish residents were arrested and booked into the Winn Parish Jail for the charges listed below:

· Kendrick Fountain, 26; Distribution of crack cocaine
· Timothy Norris, 33; Distribution of methamphetamine (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substance (CDS) I, illegal possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute schedule II methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute schedule III hydrocodone
· Casey Estes, 24; Distribution of CDS II (2 counts)
· William Norris, Jr., 42; Possession of CDS II
· Lester Barnes, 54; Distribution of crack cocaine
· Jerry Pitman, 32; Distribution of CDS II methamphetamine (2 counts), possession of firearms and CDS, possession of CDS I marijuana, proceeds from illegal transactions, possession of CDS III hydrocodone
· James Baxley, 52; Distribution of CDS II methamphetamine (2 counts)
· Xavier Powell, 22; Distribution of CDS II
· Tiffany Hall, 23; Distribution of CDS II
· Lekendrick Lindsey, 26; Distribution of CDS III hydrocodone (2 counts), distribution of schedule IV, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obliteration of a firearm serial number
· Nathan Joe, 27; Distribution of crack cocaine (3 counts)
· Rafael White, 29; Distribution of schedule II crack cocaine
· Ray Hollingsworth, 23; Distribution of CDS II (2 counts)
· Arlanders Jackson, Jr. 51; Distribution of CDS II (2 counts)
· Cedric Turner, 36; Distribution of CDS II
· Lakesha Brown, 32; Possession of CDS I marijuana, possession of a firearm and CDS, possession of CDS III
· Vernon Davenport, 24; Possession of firearm and CDS, possession of CDS marijuana; possession of CDS III
· Quincy Ingram, 34; Possession of CDS I marijuana, possession of firearm and CDS, possession of CDS III, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
· Sherod Pimpleton, 32; Possession with intent to distribute CDS II, III, and IV.
· Chrissie Starks, 29; Possession with intent to distribute CDS II, III, and IV, illegal possession of a firearm

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

The operation was a cooperative effort between the Louisiana State Police and the Winn Parish Sheriff's Office, LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office, FBI Violent Crime and Narcotics Taskforce, U.S. Marshal's Service Taskforce, and the Louisiana National Guard. Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop E and the Louisiana State Police SWAT team also participated in this morning's operation.

The Louisiana State Police as well as the agencies listed above will continue to work toward the goal of eliminating drugs in our communities. Individuals with information about drug activity in their community may contact the Louisiana State Police crime hotline toll free at 1-800-434-8007.

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