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Two Arrested as Agents Bust Synthetic Marijuana Lab


11/25/2013 by Brennan Matherne
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported narcotics agents arrested two men for the creation of synthetic marijuana and other charges. Agents arrested Beau Hebert Sr. (W/M, D.O.B. W/M, D.O.B. 11/24/80) of 118 Lydia Street in Gray and James Daigneault (W/M, D.O.B. 07/02/88) of 1300 Laban Avenue, Apartment 178, in Houma on Friday.

With the assistance of the Terrebonne Parish Narcotics Task Force, agents of the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force were conducting surveillance on Hebert’s residence on Lydia Street when they saw a vehicle leave the residence and began to follow the vehicle to conduct further surveillance. While following the vehicle, agents observed the vehicle cross the center lane of Country Estates Drive and travel in both lanes for an extended distance. Agents initiated a traffic stop in the 200 block of Country Estates Drive in Terrebonne Parish and identified the driver as James Daigneault. Agents witnessed Daigneault reaching into his waistband and asked him to step outside the vehicle. When asked if he had anything illegal in his possession, Daigneault raised his arms causing a plastic bag containing suspected synthetic marijuana to fall to the ground. He was also found to have drug paraphernalia in his possession, and he voluntarily consented to a vehicle search which turned up three additional bags of suspected synthetic marijuana. All four bags contained a combined total of approximately one pound of the suspected narcotics.

During the traffic stop, agents who were still conducting surveillance at Hebert’s residence witnessed another vehicle leave the residence. The driver of the second vehicle proceeded to the area where agents were conducting Daigneault’s traffic stop, and agents conducted a stop of the second vehicle. Agents identified the driver as Beau Hebert, and asked him if he had anything illegal on him. Hebert admitted to having illegal substances inside his Lydia Street home, and he was also found to have $4,900 in cash on his person, as well as a cigarette containing suspected synthetic marijuana. Agents then traveled to Hebert’s residence where they discovered multiple items commonly used in the manufacturing of synthetic marijuana as well as a portion of manufactured product. Members of the Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team (including members of the Task Force, Lafourche Parish Government Office of Emergency Preparedness, Lafourche Parish Fire District #3, and the Bayou Blue Volunteer Fire Department) successfully processed the residence.

Both Hebert and Daigneault were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Both were charged with Creation/Operation of a Clandestine Lab for the Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Synthetic Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hebert was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana (3rd and Subsequent Offenses) and is currently being held in lieu of $61,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III. Daigneault, meanwhile, was additionally charged with improper lane usage and is being held in lieu of $36,100 bond as set by Judge Lanier.