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The Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force and Street Team seized what they estimated to be nearly $1 million in illegal drugs, along with cash, firearms and other items "used in the illegal distribution of narcotics" and arrested a man this week as part of a long-term investigation, according to Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesman John Mowell.

Mowell said the task force, which includes Lafayette City Police and the Sheriff's Office, arrested Richard Skinner on Thursday and found a long list of illegal items at his home.

Officers found what they estimated as $813,922 in illegal narcotics, including marijuana, THC candies, MDMA, mushrooms, and THC wax and oils, Mowell said in a news release. The task force also located and took 13 firearms, one ballistic body armor, $11,552 in cash, an electronic money counter and other items that were not specified in Mowell's press release.

Skinner was arrested on three counts of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I drug, two counts of possession of a Schedule I drug, 14 counts of firearm with controlled dangerous substances, and one count each of prohibited acts, monies derived, unlawful possession of body armor, possession of legend drug, Mowell said.

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email policereporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.