7 arrested in Assumption-Lafourche drug crackdown

Seven people were arrested Thursday morning in Assumption and Lafourche parishes following an eight-month undercover investigation into drug trafficking.

More than 100 narcotics agents in Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes worked on the operation, which focused on several “high level” drug dealers in the area, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said in a news release.

The agents partnered with State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to shut down a “major cocaine distribution ring,” the sheriff said.

The investigation led to seizures of a Labadieville house, two cars, cocaine and cash. The amounts of cash and weights of drugs were still being processed Thursday, but more than $68,000 in cash was seized at one Assumption
Parish location, Waguespack said.

Tremel Patterson, 29, 203 Cardinal St., Labadieville; Onre Batiste, 24, 303 Pelican St., Labadieville; Tommy Thompson, 27, 410 Willow St., Labadieville; and Stacey Matthews, 42, 247 David Drive, Thibodaux, all were booked on counts of cocaine distribution and racketeering.

Larry Woods, 54, 307A La. 400, Napoleonville; Anthony Herron, 27, 207 Sparrow St., Labadieville; and Beardes Herron, 25, 207 Sparrow St., Labadieville, each were booked on counts of racketeering and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

An eighth suspect, a fugitive who remained at large Thursday, Kevin Truehill, 29, 706B Jefferson St., Napoleonville, faces prosecution on counts of racketeering and distribution conspiracy.

Waguespack said a ninth person, not yet identified by police, also is wanted in
connection with the investigation.