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Four Charged Following Nine-Month Heroin Investigation

11/8/2013 by Brennan Matherne

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported four individuals have been charged following a nine-month, multi-agency investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Thibodaux area. On Thursday, narcotics agents arrested Dontrell Washington (B/M, D.O.B. 11/19/85) of 213 Violet Street in Thibodaux on several active warrants, mostly for heroin distribution. Agents also arrested Angelica Lee (B/F, D.O.B. 01/13/87) of 1130 Louise Street in Thibodaux, Todd Dufrene Jr. (W/M, D.O.B. 12/01/89) of 202 Michelle Place (Apartment B) in Thibodaux, and Kentrell Thomas (B/M, D.O.B. 06/25/81) of Napoleonville as part of the investigation.

Narcotics agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Louisiana State Police had been conducting an investigation into Dontrell "Boo" Washington for the past nine months. Agents had acquired several warrants Washington’s arrest and were conducting surveillance at a residence in the 400 block of Frederick Drive in Thibodaux, which is one of Washington’s known addresses. At around 5:30 p.m., they watched as a vehicle, known to belong to Washington, left the residence and traveled to a Thibodaux truck stop. After positively identifying Washington, agents made contact with him and took him into custody. He was found to have thousands of dollars in cash in his possession.

At that time, the Lafourche Parish Interagency Crisis Management Unit assisted agents in conducting a search warrant at the Frederick Drive residence. Upon entering the residence, agents made contact with Angelica Lee who was detained pending the outcome of the search. During the search, agents located two bags of marijuana and a digital scale. They also located three hydrocodone pills and a partially burnt marijuana cigarette which was determined to belong to Lee.

Both Washington and Lee were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Washington was booked per several warrants for Distribution of Heroin and one for Contempt of Court, and he was also booked as a fugitive of Assumption Parish. He was additionally booked with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and is currently being held in lieu of $331,000 bond in Lafourche, and he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole. Lee was booked on charges of possession of marijuana and hydrocodone, and she is being held in lieu of $1,500 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III.

Later Thursday evening, agents made contact with Todd Dufrene Jr. at his residence due to him having two warrants for Distribution of Heroin. Dufrene was placed under arrest, and during a search of his residence, agents recovered a small bag of suspected marijuana, a small amount of suspected heroin, a dose of Suboxone, and drug paraphernalia. Dufrene was transported to the Detention Center and booked on the active warrants, as well as possession of heroin, marijuana, Suboxone, and drug paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of $157,500 bond as set by Judge Barbera and per the warrants.

Agents have also acquired a warrant for the arrest of Kentrell Thomas who is currently incarcerated in Assumption Parish. A hold has been placed on Thomas there, and he will be transferred to Lafourche Parish following his stint in Assumption. Thomas is charged with Distribution of Heroin.

“These arrests show the tenacity and cooperation of all the agencies involved,” said Sheriff Craig Webre. “Unfortunately, due to its availability and cost, heroin use is on the rise in Lafourche. Through efforts such as this, we are hoping that it’s comeback is short-lived.”

Through the course investigation, agents have recovered 219 grams of heroin, two vehicles and $5,462 in cash. Additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues.