Recently, Derek Levene (Date of birth 9-3-87) of Abbeville was arrested for resisting by force, battery on a police officer, and two counts of contempt. The charges stemmed from agents executing a search warrant for narcotics purposes in the city of Abbeville. Levene showed up on the scene and made his way into the residence being searched.
Levene became belligerent and when asked to step outside of the residence became violent, and began fighting with officers. Agents were force to deploy the Taser in a method to subdue Levene. Upon Levene becoming compliant, he was taken into custody and charged with the above mentioned crimes. Total bond set was $8,000.
Others arrested by the Task Force were:
• Travis Bertrand, (Date of birth 11-4-81) of Kaplan, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia when he was witnessed making a suspected drug transaction. Upon agents investigating it was found that Bertrand had indeed purchased crack cocaine. He was subsequently charged with a total set bond of $8,500.
• Kevin Scott, (Date of birth 9-18-85) of Abbeville was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. During the above mentioned search warrant, Scott was found to be in possession of several smaller bags of suspected marijuana. Scott’s bond was set at $10,000.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon would like to thank the following persons for their effort in assisting with Task Force personnel. Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza, Kaplan Mayor Kirk Champagne, Abbeville Chief of Police Tony Hardy and Kaplan Chief Boyd Adams “I realize times are financially tough all over, but the Mayors and Chiefs of these cities are committed to finding the funds to help the Task Force combat the illicit drugs problem that ruins our communities. The people of Vermilion and our children are the beneficiaries of these city leaders’ great efforts. It is my hope that in the near future other towns and cities in the parish of Vermilion will be able to assist in the continuing fight against illicit drugs.”
Finally, Sheriff Couvillon would like to applaud the concerned citizens of Vermilion Parish for their awareness and assistance in helping the Sheriff’s Office in fighting the war on illegal drugs. He encourages all citizens with information in regards to illegal drug activities to contact the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office or the Vermilion Parish Municipal Narcotics Task Force at 337-740-4501 or E-mail the Task Force anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org and your e-mail will be held in the “strictest of confidence” and replied to in a very timely manner.
More information on reporting drug activities can be seen on our Web Site at www.vpso.net. Click on Task Force for this information.