Seventeen police agencies across Acadiana worked tirelessly over a four day period to crackdown on drugs, guns and stolen property.
The “Clean Streets” project, the fourth of its kind for the area, was initiated by Captain John Babin of Lafayette Metro Narcotics and was conducted May 14 through May 17.
Babin said travel and drivers was the target of the operation, instead of drug stings. During a press conference held on Tuesday, the multi-agency task force revealed the operations’ totals, which include 135 arrests, $54,615 in seized property and cash and $24,150 in recovered property. The largest number resulted from the street value of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana. One impressive figure stemmed from a State Police routine traffic stop.
Troop I Commander Captain Becket Breaux said, “It was substantial. That stop resulted in 8.26 pounds of cocaine that has a street value of $350,000.” That number would put the total dollar amount of drugs taken off the streets to $402,064; 84 percent of all drugs seized during the Clean Streets Project.
One female suspect was arrested on I-10, which Breaux said is a main pipeline for interstate drug trafficking. “From California to the border of Mexico and all the way to Miami, Florida. It’s the corridor that they use to travel through. They use that same corridor to go through U.S. 90, Lafayette and New Orleans,” said Breaux. The commander added that the state police hope to gather further information from the suspect which could result in more arrests and recovery of illegal narcotics.
“We do everything we can to make sure we further the investigation for not only the one driving but the one loading the car and receiving the drugs.” Scott Chief of Police Chad Leger agreed, “We have to keep pushing by all means.” Agencies that participated in the operation included city police departments in Lafayette, Crowley, Rayne, Youngsville, Broussard and Carencro, as well as sheriff’s office in the Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Mary and St. Landry parishes.
The Lafayette City Marshal’s Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole also contributed to the massive operation. Babin said he hopes more agencies will join the fight, as they plan to perform similar operations two to three additional times during theremainderr of the year.
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