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Fmr. Livingston Parish Councilman arrested on drug charges

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Robert Ringo (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office) Robert Ringo (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Victoria Berthelot Victoria Berthelot
Kristen Juliao Kristen Juliao
Timothy Methvien Timothy Methvien
LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

A former Livingston Parish councilman was arrested, along with four others Wednesday night during a drug bust.

Robert Ringo, 50, Victoria Berthelot, 28, Kristen Juliao, 21, Timothy Methvien, 27, and Michael Perkins Jr., 26, were arrested during the execution of a search warrant at a Satsuma home.

During the search, narcotics agents found more than 1,700 Oxycodone pills and $6,000 in cash.

According to reports, both Ringo and Berthelot told agents that "neither one has a job, besides selling Oxycodone pills."

Ringo and Berthelot have been charged with possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, Soma and Suboxone, as well as illegal use of CDS in the presence of persons under the age of 17.

Juliao faces charges of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, Xanax and Soma, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.

Methvien has been charged with one count of possession of Roxycontin, possession of drug paraphernalia and outstanding traffic violations.

Perkins has been charged with possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone.

Ringo is no stranger to this side of the law. In 2005, Ringo pleaded guilty in Federal court after being caught up in a long running investigation of political corruption in the Parish.

The Federal Government said Ringo took an envelope from a local businessman containing $17,000 which he used to purchase a race car. The government says the money was a bribe for Ringo's winning vote in a matter favoring the Woodside Landfill run by Waste Management.

He pleaded guilty to not reporting the $17,000 on his income tax. He was sentenced to five years probation, six months home detention and $12,000 in fines and restitution.

Investigators say more arrests are likely as the investigation continues.

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