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Four more subjects arrested in drug busts by Sheriff's Office Agents

Sheriff Office Drug Arrests September 28, 2021 Four more subjects were arrested by agents with Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department Narcotics unit, according to Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory. On Monday, the narcotics unit stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. When the agent came into contact with the driver, he noticed she was trying to conceal something. The agent then conducted a search of the vehicle and located narcotics. The subject was identified as Paige Nicole Prudhomme, age 28 of St. Landry. She was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cited for a traffic violation. Earlier in the month, on September 15, the narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Parkview Street. Agents located illegal narcotics. The following person was charged: Tyra Monae Smith of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of hydrocodone, possession of Alprazam, possession of codeine, possession of drug paraphernalia and cited for obstruction of traffic. On Sept. 18, the narcotics unit stopped a vehicle for speeding. Upon coming into contact with the driver, the agents detected an overwhelming smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After a search, the following person was arrested: Jermaine Sidney Cato, Jr. age 20 of Columbus, Ohio. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. On September 24, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit was conducting an investigation of illegal narcotics possession on a school campus. When the suspect's vehicle arrived to drop of their child, agents noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Agents conducted a search and the following person was arrested: Helena Rashida Zina Thomas age 29 of Chataignier. She was charged with illegal use of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone and was cited for possession of marijuana.

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