DISCLAIMER: All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) says that a two-month investigation and state funding resulted in four arrests and over 1,000 doses of lethal fentanyl.
EBRSO says that state funding appropriated by Senator Mack “Bodi” White was used to fight the fentanyl trafficking activities of Damond Williams, 58, and Kadarrine Williams, 30, in East Baton Rouge Parish. EBRSO Narcotics agents seized $45,000 worth of fentanyl and heroin along with 14 guns.
13 lbs of marijuana, 147 dosage units of oxycodone, two dosage units of Xanax, seven semi-automatic handguns, six semi-automatic rifles, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also seized.
“This is a highly-lethal drug that is killing people in East Baton Rouge Parish at an alarming rate,” White said in a press release. “I have heard of too many families broken due to the deadly impact of this drug on our community streets. I felt like it was imperative that we dedicate the funds needed to our local law enforcement in order to combat this epidemic. I am pleased to see that it is quickly yielding results that will save lives.”
The investigation led to search warrants in Baton Rouge and Central. The Central Police Department was one of the agencies that participated in the drug bust.
“I am pleased that our officers were able to be a part of the collaborative effort to get this poisonous drug off the streets of our community,” Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran said in a press release. “I am committed to continuing these efforts with the EBR Sheriff’s Office to keep our city safe.”
Damond Williams and Kadarrine Williams were charged with distribution of Schedule I (marijuana)/(affidavit warrant), possession with intent to distribute Schedule II (fentanyl), possession with intent to distribute schedule I (marijuana), possession of a firearm with CDS, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dewayne Grace, 29, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II (oxycodone) and possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV (Xanax).
Brandon Williams, 40, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I (marijuana), possession with intent to distribute schedule I (THC edibles), possession of a firearm with CDS, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Assisting divisions included:
- EBRSO SWAT
- EBRSO SCAT
- EBRSO K-9
- EBRSO Intel
- DEA Task Force
- Central PD
- Zachary PD
- EBRSO Uniform Patrol
- EBRSO Dispatch
“I’m proud of the hard work by our Narcotics division and all those that assisted in this investigation that resulted in removing deadly drugs, criminals and weapons off our community streets,” EBRSO Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “These types of investigations are a big step at making the parish safer. I’m so appreciative for the funding allocated by Senator White allowing us to dedicate more resources to go after these high-level traffickers who play a prominent role in violent crimes in our area.”