Law enforcement arrested 18 people from three parishes Tuesday during a warrant roundup targeting those who illegally obtain prescription drugs, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said.
The roundup took place early Tuesday in East Baton Rouge, Iberville and Livingston parishes and involved the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
The roundup, called Operation Overdose, is an ongoing investigation that targets people who try to get prescription drugs from multiple doctors as well as people who use fraudulent means to get the drugs, McKneely said.
“These individuals commonly travel to doctors in Texas who freely prescribe controlled substances while also under the care of local practitioners for the same medical problem,” he said. “Those prescriptions are then filled at different local pharmacies.”
The majority of the illegally obtained narcotics are sold on the street for profit for as much as one dollar per milligram, McKneely said.
Those arrested Tuesday and accused of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance from doctors are:
--Edwards Charles Butler, 37, 1783 N. 48th St.
--Catherine Bell, 59, 2406 Ralph St.
--Michael Carney, 49, 294 Veta St.
--Paula Adams, 37, 8918 Metairie Drive.
--Seretha Renea Brown, 33, 4053 St. Andrew Drive.
--Allison M Barras, 34, 13675 Coursey Blvd.
--Brandee Alicia Davis, 36, 3835 Ridgemont Drive.
--Lawrence Harrell Brown, 52, 650 Cotton St.
--James Hinon Barnes, 60, 2721 Westerwood Drive.
--Stephanie Elaine Aydell, 30, 31440 La. 22, Springfield.
--Kenneth Craig, 31, 30633 Barnett Lane, Denham Springs.
--Deidrick Louis Coleman, 27, 1731 General Adams Ave.
--Darryl Branch, 46, 5371 Ritterman Ave.
Those arrested and accused of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud are:
--Tieishier White, 29, 572 Rodeo Drive, Denham Springs.
--Joshua E Dake, 28, 33280 La. 75, Plaquemine.
Those arrested and accused of forgery and illegal possession of stolen things are:
--Calandra Danyell Crockett, 31, 4500 Sherwood Common Blvd., Apt. 412.
--Kevin Douglas Reed, 29, 8011 Suma Ave., Apt C.
--Christy Danielle Winley, 23, 8274 Franwood Drive.