Seven accused of cocaine conspiracy in North La. - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Seven accused of cocaine conspiracy in North La.

Posted: Updated:

SHREVEPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Grand Jury indicts seven North La. residents in cocaine conspiracy investigation.

A two-year-long undercover investigation has resulted in the seizure of more than $517,000 in cash and seven people being charged for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, firearm violations, and other related drug charges in parishes across north Louisiana.

According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, a grand jury delivered a 24-count indictment on July 23 against Quincy D. Hoover, 39, and Quwanda L. Forest, 35, both of Natchez, Jesse C. Thomas, 30 of Haynesville, Rodney J. Raymond, 35, of Natchitoches, Shannon D. Jenkins, 34, and Carlos C. Jenkins, 36 both of Ruston and another individual who is at large.

From June 2012 to July 2014, the defendants allegedly worked together to distribute cocaine from Houston and Dallas throughout Lincoln, Claiborne, Natchitoches, Sabine, DeSoto, Bossier and Caddo parishes.

During the investigation, law enforcement made controlled purchases of cocaine powder and crack cocaine from several dealers. Federal and local law enforcement officials arrested five of the defendants on July 1, in the northwest Louisiana area, in which more than a half a million dollars in cash, firearms, 16 pounds of marijuana and other items were seized.

The defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation code named “Pit Stop.” The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Immigrations and Customs

"The U.S. Attorney's Office, along with our federal, state, and local partners, is committed to keeping our communities safe," Finley said in a press release. "Breaking up this drug distribution ring is a huge step in countering the flow of these illegal substances into the community. I want to thank all the agencies who have partnered with us on this operation and who continue to work to enforce both federal and state narcotics laws."

"The indictments, arrests, and seizures in this investigation are the direct result of outstanding partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement," said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Shepherd. "DEA, along with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue those who threaten our communities through the smuggling and distribution of illegal and dangerous drugs such as cocaine and marijuana." 

"The abuse of these drugs can have devastating health and societal effects, and these arrests strike a significant blow to the illegal drug trafficking trade in this community."

The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two men arrested in Avoyelles heavy equipment theft case

    Two men arrested in Avoyelles heavy equipment theft case

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:26:26 GMT
    AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - According to Sheriff Doug Anderson, two men are under arrest by Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office for their alleged involvement in a multi-parish operation. More >>
    AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - According to Sheriff Doug Anderson, two men are under arrest by Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office for their alleged involvement in a multi-parish operation. More >>
  • APD arrests two for narcotics, weapon

    APD arrests two for narcotics, weapon

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:00:17 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On September 11, 2014 Agents with the Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Forceexecuted a search warrant in the Riverwynd Apartments.More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On September 11, 2014 Agents with the Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Forceexecuted a search warrant in the Riverwynd Apartments.More >>
  • Houston doctor charged with poisoning her lover

    Houston doctor charged with poisoning her lover

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:56:13 GMT
    HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 43-year-old breast cancer doctor based at Houston's famed Texas Medical Center had a "fatal attraction" to a fellow physician who rejected her, prompting her to poison her lover by lacing his coffee with ethylene glycol.More >>
    HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 43-year-old breast cancer doctor based at Houston's famed Texas Medical Center had a "fatal attraction" to a fellow physician who rejected her, prompting her to poison her lover by lacing his coffee with ethylene glycol.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.