The Metro Narcotics Task Force, Union and Lincoln Parish Narcotics Task Forces, DEA and Louisiana State Police were all on-hand Tuesday to share what they call making a dent in the drug trade.
Five major pieces in the ArkLaMiss drug trade, according to authorities, have now been arrested.
"We're talking about major players in the methamphetamine distribution in this area," said Capt. Jay Ellerman with the Metro Narcotics Task Force.
Since 2012, those five arrests were made and 985 grams of meth were seized along with 27 firearms, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, three vehicles and more than $149,000 in cash.
"This is amazing. To see this kind of effort in a two-year period, with this many agencies working together, I think it speaks just volumes about the law enforcement in northeast Louisiana and north central Louisiana," said Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone.
It all started in March 2012 when 39-year-old Susan Platt was arrested, accused of transporting meth from Dallas, TX to Union Parish, where officers said she's from.
"The war on drugs, we've been fighting for quite a while. Are we winning? We're making a dent in it," said Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates.
Authorities said Christopher Takewell of Lincoln Parish was in the car with her, but she would take all the blame.
Then, in July 2013, 48-year-old Marilyn Corley of Ouachita Parish was arrested, accused of carrying 19 grams of meth.
Also in Ouachita, 42-year-old Jason Harper was arrested in August 2013, allegedly carrying meth and 24 firearms.
"These weapons could have been used to facilitate major felonies throughout any of these jurisdictions that you see sitting here today," Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell said.
52-year-old Brian Menzie of Ouachita Parish was arrested in December 2013, accused of carrying a whopping 126 grams of meth.
Finally, Takewell, the one authorities said was in the car during that first arrest, was taken in for alleged meth possession in January 2014.
"Any one of these sheriffs in the Troop F area has my personal cell phone number and I have theirs," said Capt. Tommy Lewis, Commander of Louisiana State Police, Troop F. "We work together and that's what it's supposed to be and that's the way the public wants it to go and we'll continue to do that."
Authorities said they know the war on drugs is far from over, but with these arrests, officers hope the chain of supply in the area will, for now, be cut short.
"Our point is that all five of these were major dealers," Capt. Ellerman said. "Now, they had people within their organization and that's why the case is still ongoing. Some of those have been arrested. Some of them will be arrested at a later date."
All of the five are behind bars except Corley, currently out on bond.
The only one of the five that's been sentenced is Platt, who will now serve 18 years in prison.
Metro Narcotics leaders said all of the alleged dealers except Corley could face federal charges.]
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------OUACHITA PARISH -- Several local authorities have made a major drug and weapons bust.
A two-year investigation by Metro Narcotics, Lincoln and Union Parish Narcotics, the DEA and state police has landed five, accused high-profile meth dealers from Ouachita, Union and Lincoln Parishes behind bars.
39-year-old Susan M. Platt of Union Parish was arrested March 19, 2012 for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. She has plead guilty in court and has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison.
48-year-old Marilyn P. Corley of Ouachita Parish was arrested July 24, 2013 for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. She is awaiting trial in state court.
42-year-old Jason W. Harper of Ouachita Parish was arrested Aug. 13, 2013 for Distribution of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Illegal Carrying of a Firearm. He has plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing in court.
52-year-old Brian T. Menzie of Ouachita Parish was arrested December 9, 2013 for Distribution of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent of Distribute and Illegal Carrying of a Firearm. He awaits trial.
37-year-old Christopher A. Takewell of Lincoln Parish was arrested January 24th, 2014 for Distributing Methamphetamine and Illegal Carrying of a Firearm. He awaits trial.
Metro Narcotics officers said all the suspects except Corley will face federal charges.
Officials say 985 grams of meth were seized, equaling $98,590 in value. Three vehicles, 27 firearms, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and more than $149,000 were also seized.
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