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Major drug bust in Webster Parish nets 13 federal indictments

by Minden Press-Herald

An undercover operation by the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers that began nearly a year ago culminated Tuesday with the enforcement of warrants on 13 federal indictments for conspiracy to distribute drugs.

During the investigation, agents confiscated 17 pounds of methamphetamine, five pounds of cocaine, 40 pounds of marijuana, and several thousand fentanyl pills. The total street value of the drugs is estimated to be just under $300,000.

“This is an investigation that mushroomed into a drug bust of major proportions,” Sheriff Jason Parker said. “Our narcotics unit is constantly surveilling suspected dealers and we make buys when we can. We never stop there. We always try to take it up the ladder to the major sources, and that’s what happened in this case.”

As the investigation expanded, additional agencies joined the effort. In total, eight agencies assisted, leading to the 13 indictments in Webster Parish from Springhill to Heflin.

“We initiated the investigation and as it grew, we received critical assistance in resources and manpower from other agencies that are always ready to help,” Parker said.

Capt. Bobby Igo III, head of the WPSO narcotics unit, highlighted the extensive collaborative effort involved in the investigation.

“It was multiple agencies working together successfully that led to these indictments,” Igo said. “And these are federal indictments. That means the punishment for these conspiracy cases will be swift and severe.”

The supporting law enforcement agencies included the Minden Police Department, DEA, the Louisiana National Guard counter-drug division, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police.

All suspects named in the indictments have been taken into custody, though their names have not been released.

“We have put some major players in illegal drugs out of business in Webster Parish, but this doesn’t mean we’re going to rest on our success,” Parker said. “Our drug investigations are ongoing. This is something that we’re not going to tolerate in our parish. People need to know that if you’re dealing drugs, we’re coming for you no matter how long it takes.”

This operation marks a significant achievement in the ongoing battle against illegal drug distribution in Webster Parish. Authorities emphasize their continued vigilance and commitment to dismantling drug networks in the community.

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