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RPSO Arrest 3 Men In Drug Probe

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ALEXANDRIA, La. – Recently, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit made three arrests for drug possession and other unrelated charges.

On Monday, police closed an open investigation involving the manufacture of methamphetamine. Agents conducted a search at 110 Harbor Lane in Boyce.

During the search of the residence, police found an active methamphetamine lab. The Rapides Parish Haz-Mat unit was called to the home to neutralize the hazardous items. 

At the time, police said Daniel Phillip Baker, 52, of 110 Harbor Lane in Boyce, was on probation in Grant Parish. He was arrested and charged with creation/operation of a clandestine lab, manufacture of CDS II –methamphetamine, and also had a warrant for bouncing checks.

On July 5, police initiated a traffic stop on Rapides Avenue and Kent Avenue for failure to use a seatbelt. The unknown driver and Jamar Larvelle Piper, 19, of 1708 Yale St. of Alexandria were seen reaching under the passenger seat of the vehicle at the time of the stop. 

During the investigation, police said they found a bag under the passenger seat that contained 12 individually-packaged bags of suspected marijuana and a loaded .357 magnum handgun. The driver had an additional bag of marijuana in his pocket.

Piper was arrested and charged with possession of CDS I to distribute and illegal carry of weapons/drugs.

On July 6 in Pineville, agents seized a few small bags of suspected crystal methamphetamine, methamphetamine smoking pipes, digital scales and other assorted drug paraphernalia related to marijuana use.

Police arrested Shawn Paul LaCoste, 38, of 3825 Rigolette Rd. in Pineville. According to reports, LaCoste had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and violating his probation.

On the same day in Deville, agents responded to a telephone complaint reporting a possible methamphetamine lab on Nation Road. 

When they arrived on the scene, agents found a duffel bag packed with all items needed to make methamphetamine. Based on the evidence, police said the beginning stages of making the drug had begun.

Currently, the suspects are unknown and the case is still under investigation.

To report drug activity, contact Crime Stoppers at 318-443-7867, RPSO at 318-473-6700 Rapides Parish Narcotics at 318-445-0357 and on the web at www.rpso.org.

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