Alexandria woman arrested after Pineville man dies from overdose

Shirah Leblanc (RPSO)

PINEVILLE, La. (PPD) - An Alexandria woman was arrested following the death of a Pineville man who allegedly suffered from an overdose of suspected narcotics.

On July 29, the Pineville Police Department was dispatched to a Ray Street apartment in reference to a medical emergency involving a drug overdose.

It was determined that Michael Nida died from an overdose of suspected narcotics.

Nida's roommate, James Bates, and another suspect, Dalton Lacaze, were arrested in the investigation for obstruction of justice.

In the following days, sufficient probable cause was established to obtain an arrest warrant for Bates for negligent homicide. He was taken into custody without incident and booked on August 1.

A search warrant was later issued for a residence in Alexandria, where it was believed Shirah Leblanc had sold or distributed the suspected narcotics to Nida. Authorities found several narcotics and paraphernalia.

Leblanc and her boyfriend, Reginald Lacour, were placed under arrest and booked for multiple drug charges. Both were interviewed and information was obtained linking Leblanc to Nida.

After obtaining the results of the autopsy and toxicology report, along with the information gathered during the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Leblanc for second degree murder.

She was arrested at her residence on September 19, by Agents with the Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Force, along with the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force.

Leblanc was taken into custody without incident and was booked for the warrant, along with the charge of simple possession of CDS I (marijuana).

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