A Kaplan man and New Iberia woman are behind bars for taking the Vermilion / Municipal narcotics task force on a violent ride.
Monday agents with the task force were able to make contact with Francis Trahan of Kaplan and negotiate the undercover purchase of crystal methamphetamine. Upon agreeing on a meeting location agents were able to not only purchase suspected methamphetamine from Trahan, but were able to ascertain that Trahan was planning on leaving that location and going pick up more of the drug from his supplier.
Agents followed Trahan into Iberia Parish where agents with the Iberia Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit assisted with surveillance and intelligence gathering. After making a couple of stops, and picking up a female passenger at one of the locations, operatives from both agencies followed Trahan and the passenger back into Vermilion Parish.
At this time, agents contacted the patrol division to be on standby in case a stop needed to be made. It was at this time that Trahan crossed one of the deputies while committing a traffic violation. The patrolman activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. When agents noticed the vehicle was not stopping, they positioned their undercover vehicle in front of Trahan's vehicle and activated their emergency lights also, bringing Trahan's vehicle to a stop. At this time, agents were exiting their units as Trahan fled the scene in the vehicle in a
Trahan was unable to control his vehicle due to his speed and ended up crashing the vehicle on La Hwy 82 North. As officers pulled up to the scene, aid was given to Trahan and the passenger. Agents located suspected marijuana, packaged for street sale immediately, along with suspected crystal methamphetamine.
Trahan and his passenger Vanessia Poirrier of New Iberia were taken to a local hospital to be cleared by medical personnel. Upon arriving at the hospital, it was found that Trahan was in possession of yet more illicit narcotics, and crystal methamphetamine. Agents also located a large amount of US currency, which is suspected to be drug proceed monies, and several items of paraphernalia which assist in the sale and distribution of said drugs.
Trahan was subsequently charged with possession with the intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, aggravated flight from an officer, two counts of possession of a schedule IV narcotic (Alprazxolam and Diazepam), transactions involving drug proceeds, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, general speed, and driving under suspension.
Poirrier was charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.