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'Operation Shop Closed' nets 9 high level drug dealers

LABADIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

More than 100 narcotics agents executed arrest and search warrants Thursday morning in Assumption, Lafourche and Terebonne Parishes in connection with an eight month undercover operation named "Operation Shop Closed." Nine suspected drug dealers were arrested.

The investigation began after concerned citizens complained about drug trafficking in the Kingston Subdivision in Labadieville in Assumption Parish.

During the investigation, agents learned the suspects were part of a large operation and were deemed "high level" drug dealers.

Assumption Narcotics Agents partnered with Louisiana State Police and U.S. Department of Justice-Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and expanded the scope of this investigation which has resulted in the closing down of a major cocaine distribution ring in the Tri-Parish Area.

Several assets including a house in Labadieville, two cars and cash were seized as part of this operation. Cocaine and cash were recovered during the search warrants Thursday morning. The amounts and weights of cash and drugs are currently being processed by narcotics agents and have not been finalized as of the time of this release. However, at one location in Assumption Parish over $68,000 in cash was seized.

The following eight suspects have been arrested or are wanted for distribution of cocaine and/or racketeering and conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances.

The arrested suspects are being held at various detention centers. No bonds have been set at this time.

There is a ninth suspect who has not been identified. The name and photo of the suspect will be released once the identification has been verified and the arrest has been made.

Tremel Patterson, 29, was arrested in Assumption Parish. He is from Labadieville, La and was charged with racketeering and distribution of cocaine.

Onre Batiste, 24, was arrested in Assumption Parish. He is from Labadieville, LA and was arrested on racketeering and distribution of cocaine.

Tommy Thompson, 27, was arrested in Assumption Parish. He is from Labadieville, LA and was arrested on racketeering and four counts of distribution of cocaine.

Kevin Truehill, 29, is wanted in Assumption Parish. He is from Napoleonville, LA. He is charged with racketeering and conspiracy.

Stacey Matthews, 42, was arrested in Lafourche Parish. He is from Thibodaux, LA. He is charged with racketeering and distribution of cocaine.

Larry Woods, 54, was arrested in Assumption Parish. He is from Napoleonville, La. He is charged with racketeering and conspiracy.

Anthony Herron, 27, was arrested in Assumption Parish. He is from Labadieville, La. He is charged with racketeering and conspiracy.

Beardes Herron, 25, was arrested in Assumption Parish. Herron is from Labadieville, La. and is charged with racketeering and conspiracy.

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