According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Chief Tony Hardy and Chief Boyd Adams, the Vermilion / Municipal task force made following arrests recently for drug related offense.
After receiving information that crystal methamphetamine was being manufactured at a residence in Vermilion Parish, agents with the Task Force opened an investigation into the allegations.
Agents gathered information and evidence, which allowed them to apply for and obtain a search warrant for the address known as 17501 Dalton Rd, along with the premises and anyone on said premises. Upon executing the warrant several people were taken in for questioning due to agents finding a "Shake and Bake" meth lab. This is a crude and volatile form of cooking crystal meth, which is becoming more and more popular due to suspects not using chemicals that licenses are usually needed to obtain. Instead suspects use other items such as alkaline batteries, Sudafed, Red Devil Lye or Drano and various other items to cook the substance. Agents arrested Johnnie Theall Jr. (dob 01-30-73) from Kaplan for manufacturing a clandestine lab. Bond was set at $50,000. Agents advise several more arrests are expected in this case.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon would like to thank the following persons for their effort in assisting with Task Force personnel. Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza, Kaplan Mayor Kirk Champagne, Abbeville Chief of Police Tony Hardy and Kaplan Chief Boyd Adams "I realize times are financially tough all over, but the Mayors and Chiefs of these cities are committed to finding the funds to help the Task Force combat the illicit drugs problem that ruins our communities. The people of Vermilion and our children are the benefactors of these city leaders' great efforts. It is my hope that in the near future other towns and cities in the parish of Vermilion will be able to assist in the continuing fight against illicit drugs."
Finally, Sheriff Couvillon would like to applaud the concerned citizens of Vermilion Parish for their awareness and assistance in helping the Sheriff's Office in fighting the war on illegal drugs. He encourages all citizens with information in regards to illegal drug activities to contact the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office or the Vermilion Parish Municipal Narcotics Task Force at 337-740-4501 or E-mail the Task Force anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org and your e-mail will be held in the "strictest of confidence" and replied to in a very timely manner.
More information on reporting drug activities can be seen on our Web Site at www.vpso.net. Click on Task Force for this information.