A St. Tammany Parish narcotics task force arrested 11 people and issued summonses for six more in a crackdown last month that included members of what officials describe as a family drug-dealing operation on the eastern side of the parish.
The task force executed four search warrants in Slidell in late November, aided in two cases by the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Members of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security also assisted in the searches aimed at the Thompson family’s drug operation, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
After an investigation that included several undercover drug buys, the task force executed a search warrant at a house on Brown’s Village Road in Slidell on Nov. 21. Bernard Evans, 50, was arrested and booked with three counts of distribution of cocaine as well as possession of a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.
Officers also arrested Catherine Swanson, 29, and booked her with possession of cocaine, possession of a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance, second-offense possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charmaine Anderson was arrested and booked with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The same day, the task force executed a search warrant at a house on West Pinehill, seizing 7 grams of cocaine, a gun, material for producing crack, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia. Charles Thompson, 33, was arrested and booked on 10 counts, including distribution of cocaine, operation and creation of a clandestine laboratory and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Sharnel Donaldson, 32, was arrested at the house and booked with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The task force, aided by the SWAT team, also executed a search warrant Nov. 21 at Marcel Thompson’s home on Tumblebrook Street in Slidell, where officers recovered a gun and 1 ounce of marijuana.
The task force also executed a search warrant at a home on Edwards Street in Slidell, recovering 18 grams of cocaine, packaging materials, a scale and a stolen revolver. While they were there, Marcel Thompson arrived and claimed possession of the gun recovered from the house on Tumblebrook and the cocaine and drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office said, noting that he has an extensive criminal history.
He was arrested and booked with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Earlier in November, the task force also made a number of drug arrests in the Covington area while executing search warrants:
Eugene Honora Jr., 34, was booked with aggravated flight, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.
Timothy Bedford, 43, was booked with possession of cocaine, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barron Magee, 54, was booked with possession of marijuana.
Freddie Marigny, 54, and Cheryl Sneeze, 48, were booked with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance.
Three others were issued summonses for possession of marijuana when task force members found them smoking the drug at a dinner table while they were serving the search warrant. Two others were issued summonses for showing up to buy marijuana from a residence that was being searched.
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