Nine in BR area charged in federal ‘I Spy’ drug probe

Nine alleged members of a cocaine trafficking organization, including seven from Baton Rouge, have been charged by a federal grand jury, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday.

The indictments are part of Operation I Spy, an extensive investigation into a drug trafficking network operating in the Baton Rouge region, Green said.

Those indicted from Baton Rouge are Ronrico Terrell Sr., 38; Rahkeyah “Boo” Howard, 33; Johntha Rochon Williams, 32; Bristen “Rudy” LaCour, 24; Troy A. Bell, 25; Michael C. Finley, 43; and Eric O’Neal Selders, 42.

All seven are in custody.

Howard S. Golphin and Danniesa Hughes Sanders, both 35 and of Pine Grove, also were charged. Golphin is in custody, but Sanders is a fugitive.

“To be clear, the dangerous drug dealer will find no safe haven within the federal criminal justice system,” Green warned.

Terrell — also known as “Ronrico Howard,” “Co,” “Shorty” and “Rico” — was indicted on charges of conspiracy, cocaine distribution and possession, unlawful use of a communications facility and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Howard is charged with conspiracy, cocaine distribution and possession of a firearm; Williams and Finley with distribution of cocaine and cocaine base; LaCour and Bell with conspiracy and distribution of cocaine base; and Selders with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Golphin is charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base and unlawful use of a communications facility; Sanders faces charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Convictions could carry lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines.

Operation I Spy is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Baton Rouge Police Department with assistance from the sheriff’s offices in East and West Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, State Police, Gonzales Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.