OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — In St. Landry Parish, an Opelousas attorney and her husband are both facing multiple criminal charges after detectives uncovered they were allegedly involved in a major drug trafficking organization.
News 10 spoke with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff on the severity of this investigation.
“Upon getting permission from the driver for searches. She fully cooperated of course. We began the investigation, conducted searches in her vehicle, at her home. After finding information on that first search, we developed more information that led us to arrest her husband as well,” Bobby Guidroz said.
According to Sheriff Guidroz, narcotics detectives initially found 50 THC cartridges in the attorney’s vehicle.
Marler then told detectives she had more at her home. At the home, officers found 170 more THC cartridges, multiple bags of marijuana, multiple bags of THC wax, and over $19,000.
In addition, detectives found 15 guns, including 4 assault style rifles, 6 shotguns, 4 semi automatic handguns, and a .50 caliber rifle. On May 13, she was arrested for multiple drug charges, then released from jail on a $90,000 bond.
“We take our job seriously,” Guidoz said. “No one again is above the law we always say that. Whoever is in this business with these people are going to be exposed I can tell you that.”
During the Sheriff’s Office investigation into the attorney’s drug trafficking organization, detectives returned to her home days later. Laura Marler’s husband, David, was there.
Authorities said David resisted arrest in an attempt to prevent detectives from seizing a cellphone. During their second search of the Marler home, detectives seized even more narcotics including suspected crack cocaine and 3 more weapons.
The attorney’s husband was then charged with more narcotics charges, battery of a police officer, and transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses.
That’s when authorities realized this was a much bigger story than they first believed.
“We have information that leads us to California with individuals from St. Landry Parish that are participating,” Guidroz said.
Sheriff Guidroz said the agency is hoping for help from outside authorities to help during the investigation.
“I am hoping they will because it will make our job a whole lot easier and it will give a whole lot more information if the federal agencies give us a hand,” Guidroz said.
With this being a high profile case, Sheriff Guidroz wants everyone to know there is no one that is above the law.
“That is just our job and if it weren’t illegal, you wouldn’t see us doing that but it is illegal. It is a treat for some of these kids. These young people want that, they looking for that. We have an attorney and her husband and other involved in distributing and making money on this illegal product and you know what, we are going to put a stop to it,” Guidroz said.
Both David and Laura Marler have bonded out of jail.