After receiving information that illicit narcotics were being delivered into the parish, agents contacted Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and began gathering evidence through surveillance to ascertain who was making the delivery and how much of the product was being brought into the parish.
The criminal patrol K-9 division conducted a traffic stop on Fransico Garay (DOB 7-7-63) of Bob Rd. Lot #24 in New Iberia.
Upon further investigating, agents seized over one pound of marijuana with a street sale value of over $2500, and drug proceed monies.
Garay has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. No bond has been set at this time. Iberia Parish Narcotics Division, utilizing this information along with other evidence conducted three search warrants within the parish of Iberia which yielded the seizure of 1,937 grams of marijuana; 281 grams of cocaine, multiple prescription pills, $159,000 in alleged drug proceed money and two vehicles.
Charged for those crimes were Jose Zepeda and Juan Acuna of the same address.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza, Kaplan Mayor Kirk Champagne, Abbeville Chief of Police Tony Hardy and Kaplan Chief Boyd Adams commend the Narcotics Task Force for a job well done.
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 Narcotics or Task Force for this information.