LAFAYETTE — Authorities arrested two men and seized almost seven pounds of synthetic marijuana and more than a half-pound of marijuana Tuesday after raiding two neighboring businesses on South Pierce Street, KATC-TV reported.
Ratib Abuelouf, 32, and Nemer Abuelouf, 26 — who authorities say own convenience store Simcoe Food World and Jr’s Apple Tree, a phone repair shop — were arrested in connection with the raid and remained in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Wednesday afternoon.
The two are scheduled to face a judge 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21.
Agents with Lafayette’s Metro Narcotics Task Force seized from the properties about $60,000 worth of synthetic cannabinoids, 26 grams of marijuana, two guns and $27,607, according to KATC-TV. One of the two guns was listed as stolen.
More than half of the synthetic marijuana and all of the cash were found at the stores, located at 330 and 332 S. Pierce St. The rest was found in a storage locker owned by Ratib Abuelouf.
Ratib is being held on a $240,000 bond on two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I substances, one count of creating or operating a lab to manufacture controlled dangerous substances, one count of transactions involving proceeds from illegal drug sales, illegal carrying of a weapon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of prohibited acts.
Nemer is being held on a $140,000 bond on one count of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I substance, one count of transactions involving proceeds from illegal drug sales, one count of illegal carrying of a weapon, one count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm and one count of prohibited acts.
Teen booked in Lafayette shooting
LAFAYETTE — A 17-year-old arrested Wednesday on a count of attempted second-degree murder is accused of shooting someone twice in the back.
Austin Hack of Lafayette was arrested in the 200 block of Ginger Street just after midnight, about five hours after the 7 p.m. shooting in the 100 block of Castille Avenue. The victim told police he was walking with Hack when he was shot twice in the back for unknown reasons, after which he saw Hack running from the scene.
The victim remains in the hospital, and the motive behind the shooting remains under investigation, police said.
Two arrested in Abbeville burglary spree
ABBEVILLE — Police say two men arrested this week are responsible for a string of business and residential burglaries in Abbeville.
Shane Turner, 39, and Keith Menard, 18, of the 500 block of S. Bailey St., were each booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on a count each of simple burglary and illegal possession of stolen property.
Police said items stolen during a residential burglary that happened last week were found at the home.
The burglaries under investigation involved the same method of entry, after which the intruders would disconnect any security cameras on the premises, police said. After obtaining a partial image of one of the suspects, investigators were able to determine his accomplice.
Menard remained in jail Wednesday afternoon on a $100,500 bond and Turner on a $50,500 bond.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.
Arrests posted Nov. 19, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website:
Scott Anderson: 22, of the 1000 block of Tulane Avenue, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses; and speeding over 30.
Marcus Boykin: 26, of the 600 block of Bernett Street, Lafayette. He was booked on shoplifting and four counts of warrant/bench warrant.
Frank Holmes: 23, of the 50364 block of Abne Road, Tick Fall. He was booked on misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Charlan Raye Martin: 51, of the 100 block of Lindsey, Carencro. She was booked on two counts of distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics and distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule III narcotics.