OPELOUSAS — A snow-cone stand less than half a mile from an elementary school and two blocks from a church apparently was selling more than cool treats.
Officials say highly potent marijuana also was being sold from T&E Soul Food and Sno-Balls on South Bullard Street.
After weeks of investigation by St. Landry Parish narcotics agents, authorities last week booked Jermaine D. Doucet, 37, and Bryant C. Fields, 32, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Clay Higgins said.
Investigators with the parish Narcotics Enforcement Team obtained enough evidence for a warrant to raid the business after receiving “complaints from the community,” Higgins said.
Agents seized an undisclosed amount of hydroponic marijuana, a high-potency type of weed that’s grown indoors without soil, Higgins said.
Intelligence gathered by the narcotics investigators “indicated that the men had offered a side dish of dangerous ‘hydro’ marijuana to any customer willing to pay,” Higgins said in a news release.
The food stand at 102 S. Bullard St. operates two blocks from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and less than half a mile from Grolee Elementary School, “where hundreds of children” pass daily, Higgins said.
There’s no evidence at this point to indicate whether the weed was sold to children, Higgins said.
Doucet and Fields were booked on one count each of marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and possessing illegal narcotics within a drug-free zone, Higgins said. Doucet also was booked on a count of transaction involving proceeds from drug offenses, Higgins said.
Both were released from the St. Landry Parish Jail on bond and could face additional counts as the investigation continues, Higgins said.