Couple involved in officer-involved shooting now charged for prison drug operation

Crystal meth seized (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Crystal meth seized (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Cocaine seized (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Cocaine seized (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The ongoing investigation into an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Plaquemine on Friday, March 10 has resulted in the arrest of a woman and more charges being placed on the original suspect.

Kenyatta Kelly, 33, of Plaquemine, was arrested Friday, March 17 and booked into Iberville Parish Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of schedule I narcotics (marijuana)
  • Distribution of schedule II narcotics (cocaine and crystal meth) - 2 counts
  • Possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Obstruction of justice

Gregory Hardin is also charged with two counts of distribution of schedule II (cocaine and crystal meth) and criminal conspiracy. Officials say the amount of crystal meth seized has an approximate street value of $8,000.

Iberville Parish officials say they are exploring the possibility of charging Kelly and Hardin with RICO charges (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) because the two are still operating their criminal enterprise from inside the Iberville Parish Jail. Officials say they are continuing to collect money from previous drug transactions to further their operation and secure funds to post bond.

The initial incident occurred near Cypress Seafood on Hwy. 1 in Plaquemine on Friday, March 10 afternoon just before 3 p.m., according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office.

Officials say they were attempting to conduct a traffic stop on a suspect, later identified as Hardin, they believed was bringing drugs into the parish.

Deputies got behind the vehicle, being driven Hardin, but the vehicle would not stop. Officials say a deputy then got in front of his vehicle with his weapon drawn, identified himself, and instructed Hardin to stop. Officials say the vehicle then kept coming forward towards the deputy, so the deputy fired at the vehicle and struck the passenger, later identified as Kelly, in the elbow.

Officials say Kelly sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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