CUT OFF, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a police officer, his brother and the officer's live-in girlfriend were arrested Monday in connection with a meth investigation.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office reported Ashley Pollard, 37, an officer with the Golden Meadow Police Department, was booked on a charge of creation/operation of a clandestine laboratory for unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance. Courtney Pollard, 33, of Golden Meadow, and Anna King, 31, of Cut Off, face the same charge.
During questioning, Ashley Pollard allegedly admitted to making meth for personal use. Investigators said he told them he used meth to help cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder he claimed he developed after being deployed overseas with the US Army and US Marine Corps.
Deputies said drug task force started an investigation in April that focused on meth manufacturing and learned the Pollards were allegedly making the product for personal use. They added it was discovered King allegedly bought pseudoephedrine and other products used to make meth.
All three suspects were released Monday after posting bond. According to reports, Judge F. Hugh Larose set Ashley Pollard's bond at $10,000. Courtney Pollard's bond was set at $25,000. Authorities said he has been arrested 14 other times. They added those arrests include battery, drug possession and several contempt of court counts. Bond for King was set at $5,000. Ashley Pollard and King reportedly don't have any prior arrests.
Deputies said Golden Meadow Police Chief Reggie Pitre said Ashley Pollard has resigned.
"I am sorely disappointed in the actions of this former officer," Pitre stated in a written release. "The Golden Meadow Police Department has no tolerance for criminal behavior, and we want to reassure the public that this officer's actions are not a reflection on our department as a whole. My sincere hope is that this ultimately results in him getting the treatment and help he needs."