Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two Raceland men were arrested after intelligence allowed deputies and agents to foil plans to produce methamphetamine. Lee Babin (27, W/M) and Cody Cortez (32, W/M) were arrested after admitting to purchasing items to produce methamphetamine, and that they had stopped upon deputies’ arrival.
Through investigation, Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force Agents obtained information that Babin and Cortez were manufacturing methamphetamine at Cortez’s trailer, at 2024 B Highway 308 in Raceland. On Sunday afternoon, agents coordinated with patrol deputies who were first on scene, and upon arrival, made contact with Cortez. They also saw another man, later identified as Babin, crouching behind the trailer and made contact with him. Agents arrived on scene discovered several items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Members of the Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team were called to the scene to process the meth lab. During questioning, both men admitted to buying materials to manufacture methamphetamine, including medication containing pseudoephedrine.
Babin and Cortez were each arrested and charged with Creation or Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory for the Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. They were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked accordingly. Babin remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose, and Cortez was released on Monday after posting $15,000 bond.
Sheriff Webre applauded the efforts of the task force. “This is a great sign for our community that our agents are giving their best efforts to not only arrest those creating methamphetamine, but also halting production before it begins,” said Sheriff Webre. “In doing so, we are preventing the possibility of an explosion which can easily occur during meth production, endangering not only the producer, but surrounding residents as well.”
Sheriff Webre wishes to remind residents to report any suspicious activity to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Citizens can also submit information anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region. This will help prevent crime before it occurs.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct a Seat Belt Checkpoint during the daylight hours of Wednesday, October 1. Deputies will be checking vehicle occupants for proper safety protection including seat belts and child safety seats. They will also be checking for other violations such as expired inspections tags. Wednesday's checkpoint marks the first in a year-long campaign of weekly checkpoints designed to raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of Lafourche Parish safer for all motorists.
Sheriff Craig Webre said this year-long is not designed for the sole purpose of punishing violators but to bring awareness to motorists about these violations, and bring everyone into compliance. Sheriff Webre said failure to use a seat belt or utilize proper equipment can be just as fatal of a mistake as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Last week's Highway Safety Checkpoint marked the end of a similar year-long effort which included at least four safety checkpoints each month. The checkpoint was held Thursday morning along the northbound and southbound lanes of Laurel Valley Road in Thibodaux. A total of 252 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and deputies reported NO VIOLATIONS for seat belt use or child safety seats. Deputies did, however, report the following violations: five (5) expired inspection stickers, one (1) license plate light violation, and one (1) window tint violation.
Sheriff Webre is reminding drivers that seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Per Louisiana State law (R.S. 32:295.1), upon conviction of the first offense, the driver faces a $25.00 fine including court costs, and any subsequent conviction carries a $50.00 fine including court costs.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a FREE Hunter Safety Course on October 25-26 for anyone ages 10 years or older. This two-day courses cover topics such as hunter responsibility and ethics, how firearms work and firearms safety, survival and first aid skills, firearm handling skills and hunting techniques, wildlife identification, game care, and information related to wildlife conservation and management.
The course will begin with the classroom portion on Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lafourche Parish First District #3 Galliano Station located at 17462 West Main Street. The class will then resume on Sunday, October 26 at the LPSO Shooting Range (3451 Highway 182, Raceland) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Participants must attend BOTH days of the class and pass a written and practical exam to be certified. The class is FREE, but class size is limited, so you must register in advance. Registration is available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
For more information, or for assistance with online registration, call the LPSO Training Academy at (985) 449-4480 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ABOUT LOUISIANA HUNTING LICENSES:
Anyone born after September 1, 1969, who wishes to obtain a hunting license in Louisiana, must successfully complete a hunter education course. Exceptions may be granted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for active or veteran members of the United States armed services, for any P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officer, or for persons who are under the direct supervision of a person 18-years or older who is already licensed and has taken the approved course. Exceptions must be applied for and approved by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives have arrested four people and are searching for a fifth suspect in connection to theft of around $100,000 of construction equipment and material at a Thibodaux business last week. William Cohn (20, W/M), Brian Ray (17, W/M), Phillip Siebert (18, W/M) and a juvenile, all from Thibodaux, have all been charged with Felony Theft in the case. Investigators are still searching for a fifth suspect, Brody Larrabee (18, W/M) of Thibodaux, who is also wanted for Felony Theft.
On the morning of Thursday, September 18, deputies responded to a theft complaint at a Thibodaux construction company wherein several crane parts and other construction materials valued at nearly $100,000 had gone missing overnight. Detectives began an investigation into the incident and learned some of the items had been sold at a local scrapyard. They were able to develop the five individuals as suspects in the case. Over the next several days, detectives made contact with Cohn, Ray, Siebert and the juvenile, and some of them admitted to their involvement in the crime. Detectives were unable to make contact with Larrabee and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Ray and Siebert were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on September 20 and subsequently released on September 21 after posting $20,000 bond which had been set by Judge Ashley Bruce Simpson. Cohn was arrested on September 22 and remains in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond as set by Judge Simpson. The juvenile was charged and released to the custody of his parents.
Detectives say their investigation is continuing and additional charges could be filed. Meanwhile, they are asking for the public’s help in locating Brody Larrabee. Anyone with information on Larrabee’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.
UPDATE: Brody Larrabee turned himself over to authorities Wednesday evening. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on the warrant for Felony Theft, and was subsequently released after posting $20,000 bond as set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a convicted felon from Thibodaux found in possession of marijuana and a firearm. Corey Chiasson (31, W/M) was arrested following a traffic stop early Saturday morning.
Shortly before 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, deputies traveling along Percy Brown Road Thibodaux noticed a vehicle cross the center line and enter a lane of oncoming traffic. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Corey Chiasson. Deputies immediately noticed a bag containing suspected marijuana in the driver’s side door as well as a handgun on the floor near the driver’s feet. They also discovered Chiasson to have a bag of suspected marijuana on his person. Deputies also identified Chiasson as a convicted felon and sex offender who was currently on parole.
Chiasson was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was booked with Felony Possession of Marijuana (3rd and Subsequent Offenses), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and improper lane usage. He is being held in lieu of $53,100 bond as set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson. He is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Lieutenant Mark Adams speaks to a driver during a DWI checkpoint on Saturday.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will be conducting multiple checkpoints in Lafourche Parish again this week and announced the results of last week’s checkpoints. Deputies will conduct a Highway Safety Checkpoint on Thursday, September 25, and will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, expired inspection tags, and other violations. Then on Friday, September 26, deputies will conduct Seat Belt and DWI checkpoints where they will be checking for the aforementioned violations as well as drivers who are possibly impaired.
Thursday’s Highway Safety Checkpoint wraps up the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office's twelve-month campaign to raise awareness for those types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists. A similar twelve-month campaign will be announced soon and will begin in October.
Last week, a total of 957 vehicles passed through the Highway Safety Checkpoint conducted along the northbound and southbound lanes of LA Highway 20 near its intersection with LA Highway 304 in Chackbay on Thursday, September 18. During that checkpoint, deputies reported 12 seat belt violations, 10 expired motor vehicle inspection stickers, three improper child restraints, two persons driving under suspension, and one driver with an expired license.
Deputies charged three people with Driving While Intoxicated during a DWI checkpoint held this past weekend along the northbound and southbound lanes of LA Highway 1 near Fantastic Acres Boulevard in Raceland. A total of 1,300 vehicles passed through the checkpoint which began Saturday night and continued into the early morning hours of Sunday, September 21. Deputies also charged motorists with three seat belt violations, two child restraint violations, and seven other violations, and they issued nine warnings.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced agents seized a car, drugs and cash in the arrest of two fugitives now facing additional charges. Calvin Robertson Jr. (30, B/M) and Jenna Toups (26, W/F), both of Raceland, were arrested Thursday at a Raceland residence.
On Thursday, September 18, Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force Agents learned through investigation that Robertson and Toups were located at a residence on Danos Street in Raceland. Toups had two active warrants for Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Robertson had an active warrant for Second Degree Battery following an incident earlier this year wherein he allegedly struck a relative on the head with a handgun.
Agents proceeded to the address, and made contact with Robertson and Toups, and they were taken into custody per the active warrants. When asked whether any illegal items were in the room, Toups told agents she had a pipe in her purse, which agents then recovered. Agents discovered the pipe contained a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. As he was being taken into custody, Robertson attempted to reach for a pair of pants. Inside the pockets of those pants, agents discovered several small plastic bags, two containing suspected cocaine, one containing suspected crack cocaine, one containing suspected heroin, and another containing suspected marijuana, as well as $692 in cash. Agents conducted presumptive field tests on the cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, all of which yielded positive results.
Approximately 4.8 grams of cocaine and 2.9 grams of crack cocaine were recovered with a total street value of $770. The combined value of all drugs and cash seized was $1,662. Agents also seized a 2008 Mercedes-Benz coupe believed to have been used in the sale of illegal narcotics.
Both Robertson and Toups were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Robertson was booked per the warrant for Second Degree Battery, and he is also charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Marijuana. He is being held in lieu of $38,500 bond as set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson, and he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole. Toups was booked per the warrants for Distribution of Methamphetamine, and she is also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is being held in lieu of $23,500 as set by Judge Simpson.