BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - During a Baton Rouge Police Department city-wide drug bust, 11 people were arrested, and a massive amount of narcotics, firearms and cash were seized.
The city-wide drug bust happened Thursday. This was the culmination of several short term investigations, along with a month long investigation into drug trafficking in the Zion City area.
"We hope that getting these drugs off the street will further our investigation, and we can find out where these drugs are coming from," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.
More than 30 guns, a number of assault rifles, some handguns, and even a grenade launcher were included in the items seized during the bust. Officials say even after the seizures and arrests, the investigation is just getting started.
"We're going to run all the guns to find out if they're stolen or if they have been used in any other crimes," said McKneely.
LSU Criminologist Ed Shihadeh says this bust and roundup can put a dent in violent crimes.
"This plays a huge role in stemming other types of violence in Baton Rouge because in order to protect those markets, those drug markets, they have to reserve to robbery and they have to reserve to violence," he said.
Shihadeh says that violence includes murder.
Police say several of the 11 arrested are distributors selling drugs and pills to others. That is why Shihadeh says there will be fewer drugs to sell, not to mention the actual distributors themselves. He adds, even though the drugs were rounded up in Zion City, anyone can fall victim.
"These drugs don't stay there. They're made to be sold. They're made to be sold to my children, your children, everybody else's," says Shihadeh. "This is huge quantities of many different kinds of poisonous substances that enter our schools, they break up families and they destroy lives."
Below are a list of the seizures and persons arrested.
Approx. 3,751.3 grams of suspected high grade Marijuana
Approx. 108.1 grams of suspected Heroin
Approx. 25.5 grams of suspected Methamphetamine
Approx. 424.4 grams of suspected Marijuana Wax
Approx. 417 grams of suspected liquid THC
Approx. 10.8 grams of suspected Cocaine
Approx. 6.1 grams of suspected MDMA
Approx. 5 grams of suspected Opium
Approx. 38 grams of suspected Psilocybin (Mushrooms)
8 dosage units of suspected Belladona and Opium
7 dosage units of suspected Clonazepam
4 dosage units of suspected LSD
3 dosage units of suspected Hydrocodone
3 dosage units of suspected Oxycodone
1 dosage unit of suspected Alprazolam
1 dosage unit of suspected Suboxone
30 firearms, which included assault rifles, handguns, shotguns, rifles and a grenade launcher
$140,468.00 U.S. currency
Catherine Willoughby, 26, PWITD Marijuana, PWITD Marijuana Wax, PWITD Oxycodone, PWITD Alprazolam
Cody Mack, 27, PWITD Heroin, PWITD Methamphetamine, PWITD Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm with CDS, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Resisting and Officer
Sean Krieg, 29, PWITD Marijuana, PWITD Cocaine, PWITD Opium, PWITD THC, PWITD LSD, PWITD MDMA, PWITD Clonazepam, PWITD Suboxone, PWITD Belladona and Opium, PWITD Psilocybin and Possession of a Firearm with CDS
Russell Jefferis, 28, PWITD Marijuana, PWITD Cocaine, PWITD Opium, PWITD THC, PWITD LSD, PWITD MDMA, PWITD Clonazepam, PWITD Suboxone, PWITD Belladona and Opium, PWITD Psilocybin and Possession of a Firearm with CDS
William Creft, Jr, 39, Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Marijuana- 2nd Offense, Possession of a Firearm with CDS and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon
Ronnie Byrd, 38, PWITD Cocaine
Joshua Valley, 24, Possession of Cocaine, Obstruction of Justice
Eric Duncan, 40, PWITD Marijuana, PWITD Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm with CDS, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon
Reginald Anderson, 35, PWITD Cocaine
Eric Polk, 30, Fugitive from EBRSO
Ricky Mitchell, 35, PWITD Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice