A DEA agent with years of experience under his belt is proclaiming his innocence against allegations that he participated in the very crimes that he was investigating. The veteran agent was arrested in Louisiana on a number of claims, including drug charges, perjury and stealing thousands of dollars out of evidence. He faces 10 counts in all, although many of his co-workers have had their charges reduced or dropped in exchange for cooperating with the investigation against him.
According to the police, a woman and two men have been arrested in the state after a tip was sent in. The three are facing drug charges after a tip was given to detective about possible drug sales in Louisiana. The two men are 55 and 57 years old, and the woman is 41, according to the report.
A 23-year-old man is being held in custody while police continue to gather evidence in a murder case in which the man is a suspect. The Louisiana resident is being held on drug charges as police investigate what they believe was a racially motivated murder of two black men. A Baton Rouge police sergeant said the suspect is linked to the murders by gun shell casings found at the scene. The suspect's vehicle also allegedly matches a description of one spotted at the murder scenes, which happened about five miles apart.
After passing out in her husband's hospital room, one woman has been arrested and the husband will be as well once he is released. The 34-year-old woman was allegedly found in her husband's room with a hypodermic needle stuck in her arm and a tourniquet wrapped around it. Several drugs were said to have been found in the room as well. Both the husband and wife will be facing drug charges in Louisiana.
According to a recent report, several arrests were made in the state after a tip came into the narcotics unit. The tip claimed that a lot of drugs were being taken into a Louisiana residence, and the narcotics unit was dispatched. Those arrested were charged with drug possession and other crimes.
Three men were arrested in the state earlier this month. The arrests came after enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries came across the men at a landing and allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana outside their car. The day ended with all three men facing charges for drug possession.
Over $4,000 in cash and over 20 pounds of marijuana were allegedly discovered during a recent traffic stop. According to deputies from the Metro Division of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, this led to drug charges being filed against three suspects. The accused were traveling in two separate cars and drew attention to themselves by with a couple of minor traffic infractions.
For some offenders, getting back into society after spending time in jail is an uphill battle. Those who have been convicted on drug charges and sentenced to jail are often denied public benefits that would help them to get back on their feet. In Louisiana, for example, drug felons sentenced to prison were once banned from receiving food stamps for a year after their release from custody. According to one criminologist, this ban was a major obstacle for those who were genuinely trying to re-enter the community.
Prosecutors in one state have moved to throw out convictions in over 21,000 drug cases after it was discovered that some of the evidence had been tainted. This comes five years after a chemist at the drug lab was caught falsifying test results and tampering with the evidence. District attorneys in seven different counties have been asked to produce a list of which cases they would still be willing to prosecute on the drug charges in which that chemist was involved. Drug charges can be a serious accusation in Louisiana.
A 39-page federal indictment has been unsealed against 18 different defendants in a case known as "Operation Dirty Bird." The investigation is said to have been undertaken by federal investigators who were working with state and local law enforcement. Operation Dirty Bird is reported to reference a large scale drug trafficking conspiracy. It is based out of the state of Louisiana.