Police say a residential burglary investigation in Broussard Tuesday morning led to a larger discovery involving firearms and illicit drugs.
When Broussard police arrived at 109 Padre drive, their initial investigation was regarding a burglary at the residence, but during the investigation police claim to have also discovered firearms, drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of marijuana inside the residence.
Richard Wesley and Daniel Bebernes have been booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on drugs and firearms related charges.
In an effort to rid the city of Broussard of illicit drugs, police there are encouraging anyone with information on illegal drugs or drug related crime to report it by calling 837-6259.
Broussard PD Press Release
Broussard, March 11, 2013: In a commitment from Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou, the Broussard Police Department has continued its efforts to detour the flow of illegal drugs in and out of the City of Broussard.
Chief Decou reports that today the Broussard Police Department was conducting an investigation regarding a residential burglary that occurred a week ago at 109 Padre Drive and while speaking with the victims at the residence detectives discovered 101 grams of hydroponic (High Grade) marijuana with a street value of $9,000.00, a high powered assault rifle (AR15) fully loaded, a Sig Sauer .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun fully loaded and drug paraphernalia.
The two residents, identified as Mr. Richard Westley (w/m 26 YOA) of California and Daniel Bebernes (w/m 27 YOA) also of California were taken into custody without incident. They are residing here for work as off shore divers. All illegal narcotics and firearms were taken into evidence. Both suspects were transported to LPCC and Richard Westley was booked on Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of Narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Daniel Bebernes was booked on Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of Narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
This is an ongoing effort by the Officers of the Broussard Police Department to rid the community of illicit drugs. Chief Decou stated that his department would continue to be diligent in training its Officers in all of the newest trends to assist in combating illegal drugs. Should anyone have information about drug activity in the community of Broussard, they are asked to call Broussard Police Department at 837-6259 or go online to our website at www.broussardpolice.com <http://www.broussardpolice.com/> and submit information to us. Callers will remain anonymous.