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Operation Deaf Ear yields 22 arrests in parish-wide drug round up

LASALLE Parish (Jena Times) - ARTICLE BY: CRAIG FRANKLIN - JENA TIMES

According to Jena Times, multiple agencies participated in a parish-wide round up of illegal drug dealers early Wednesday (10/18/17) morning, resulting in the arrest of 22 individuals in a sting operation entitled "Operation Deaf Ear."

LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin said they named the drug dealer roundup Operation Deaf Ear because apparently his warnings of "quit, move, or go to jail" have gone unheeded by a certain few.

Sheriff Franklin said the large arrest operation was the culmination of several months of undercover operations in the parish targeting illegal drug dealers.
"Since I've been sheriff I've continually warned drug dealers that if they didn't quit or move that we would put them in jail," Franklin said. "My narcotics section and road deputies are always making drug arrests but apparently it takes roundups such as this one to really get their attention. Apparently, my warnings have fallen on 'deaf ears.'"

Previous roundups have been called "Operation Quit, Move, or Go to Jail" from a campaign slogan the sheriff pinned during his first election several years ago.

Along with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Department, officers from the Louisiana State Police, U.S. Marshal's Task Force, FBI Task Force, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Jena Police Department, and the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Department participated.

The operation began around 5:00 a.m. Monday morning when multiple law enforcement officers from multiple agencies met to get their assignments for the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Department's Operation Deaf Ear. 

The first arrest came just 20 minutes after the officers met and within two hours 20 of the 22 people on the warrant list were in custody and booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail. 

Sheriff Franklin reported that all suspects were arrested without any incidents or problems and everyone, including all officers, were safe and without injuries during the operation.

Those arrested included:
Michael Brinson - 4 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Cocaine).
David Johnson - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Cocaine).
Ralph Griffin - Distribution of CDS II (Meth).
Morley Tiner - 4 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Meth) and conspiracy to distribute meth.
Edwin Robinson - 3 counts of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana).
Kealion Duncan - Distribution of CDS II (Meth), 2 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Cocaine), and Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana).
Brandy Kelley - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS I (Meth).
Gabe Hammock - 4 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Meth).
Charles Smith - 3 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Meth).
John Stoker - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana).
Mary Mosley - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana).
Kristen Mitchell - Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana). {THIS IS NOT KRISTEN MITCHELL OF THE BRISKET HOUSE IN JENA.}
Darreyon Brown - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Meth) and Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute (Meth).
Brian Murray - Distribution of CDS II (Meth) and 2 counts of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana).
Chauncey Elliott - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Meth).
Harrison Lee - 3 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Meth).
Caren Jones - Distribution of CDS II (Meth).
Tiffany Kelley - Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II (Meth).
John Wright - Manufacture of CDS I (Marijuana).
Richard Thornton - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS II (Meth).
Deontre Brown - 2 counts of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana) and Distribution of CDS II (Meth).

Jesse Williams, III - 3 counts of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana).

Jena Times is expected to have more on this event in next weeks paper. Read more on their Facebook page and their website.

 


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