GRAND ISLE, La. (WGNO) – Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand held a scathing and shocking press conference Wednesday morning, detailing a two-year undercover drug operation, that has led to the indictment of dozens and a raid at the Grand Isle Police Department headquarters on Ludwig Lane.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant during the early morning hours Tuesday at the department after they uncovered allegations of corruption.
Investigators seized police reports, 32 firearms and other evidence. But no police were arrested.
Sheriff Normand told the media that investigators “were made aware of a lot of improprieties” by residents and arrested suspects, saying strange things about the department’s conduct. Then investigators began to uncover “things that are problematic that run contrary to safe controls as it relates to money and evidence.” Sheriff Normand said an evidence bag with 87 grams of marijuana was ripped open and the marijuana was missing, but no destruction order was ever filed. A gun was found in the desk of Grand Isle Police Chief Euris Dubois. When he was asked questions about it, he would just respond with “I don’t know.” There was also $4,000 missing from a cash box. Sheriff Normand said these are just a few examples of what has been uncovered.
The investigation is ongoing.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced the results of the investigation Wednesday.
Here’s what we know:
- Members of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division began their investigation in July 2014.
- In November of that year, 21 people were arrested for a variety of drug violations.
- In December of 2015, dozens of fishing vessels were searched resulting 25 felony drug arrests and 12 misdemeanor drug arrests.
- In January 2016, undercover agents successfully bought drugs in Grand Isle thirty-seven times. Those drugs include methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cocaine and prescription medication.
- On Thursday, March 10, a Jefferson Parish Grand Jury returned indictments for 18 people.
- During the early morning hours of March 15, authorities arrested 14 people on drug charges and executed a search warrant at the Grand Isle Police Department.