Eleven Suspects Arrested in Narcotics Round-up

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office headed a massive narcotics operation Wednesday targeting local convenience stores and employees who sell synthetic marijuana, Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said.

 

During a 6 month long investigation, the TPSO Narcotics Task Force, along with the Louisiana State Police Narcotics Unit and DEA, identified three major sources of synthetic marijuana in Terrebonne parish.

 

Wednesday’s operation was in connection with a nationwide effort that included 300 search warrants and 150 arrest warrants in connection with businesses and suspects involved in the manufacturing and sale of synthetic marijuana. Agencies in 33 states in the United States organized similar operations, all under the direction of the DEA.

 

At approximately 8:00 a.m., search warrants were served at three stores in Terrebonne Parish. The stores were subsequently closed to the public and agents searched the premises for any evidence, contraband and proceeds directly related to the sale of the illegal narcotics. Search warrants were also served simultaneously at five residences where the stores’ owners and employees lived.

 

A total of 11 suspects were arrested. Two suspects remain at large.

A total of approximately $500,000.00 was seized by agents at the stores, residences and through bank accounts belonging to the suspects. Also, approximately $250,000 worth of synthetic marijuana was seized.

 

The following is a list of the suspects arrested, their charges and the locations they are connected to:

1.) Fast Stop-n-Go, 4174 West Main Street, Gray

Owner- Karen Yost, 126 Beham Court in Thibodaux

Karen Yost

Karen Yost

 

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS I; her bond has been set at $2,350,000.00.

 

 

David Yost, 126 Beham Court in Thibodaux (son of Karen)

David Yost

 

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I; his bond has been set at $1,900,000.00.

 

 

Albert Vo, 6471 Shrimper’s Row, Dulac (supplier to Karen)

Albert Vo

Albert Vo












Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS I; no bond set at this time.



2.) Alma Street Discount, 6931 Alma Street, Houma

 

Owner: Fuad Hamed, 3509 Lake Lynn Drive, Gretna

Fuad Hamed

Fuad Hamed



 

NOT IN CUSTODY- OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR: Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I.

 

Khalad Hamad, 273 Monarch Drive, Apt. B-10, Houma (Picture not available)

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I; his bond has been set at $1,800,000.00.

 

Fuad Towfik, 213 Alice Court, Thibodaux (Picture not available)

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I; his bond has been set at $1,800,000.00.

 

3.) Kee Foods, 6957 West Park Avenue, Houma

 

Tawfiq Almansoob, 256 Monarch Drive, Apt. B, Houma

Tawfiq Almansoob

Tawfiq Almansoob










 

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I; his bond was set at $1,800,000.00.

 

Pepper Manuel Jr., 273 Monarch Drive, Apt. H-23, Houma

Pepper Manuel

Pepper Manuel

 

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I; Two counts of principle to Distribute CDS I; Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; his bond has been set at $1,900,000.00.

 





Lawanda Deville, 128 Al’s Trailer Park, Gray

Lawanda Deville

Lawanda Deville

 

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Two counts of Distribution of CDS I; her bond was set at $2,150,000.00.

 





Stacey Ann Verdin, 255 Lake Long Drive, Houma

Stacy Verdin

Stacy Verdin



Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Four Counts of Distribution of CDS I; her bond has not been set at this time.

 



Abdulqawi Nagi, 6957 West Park Avenue, Houma

Abdulqawi Nagi

Abdulqawi Nagi











Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS I; bond has not been set at this time.

 

Mohamed Nagi, 6957 West Park Avenue, Houma

Mohamed Nagi

Mohamed Nagi



NOT IN CUSTODY- OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR:

Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I; his bond was set at $1,900,000.00.

 



Kassim Nagi, 256 Monarch Drive, Apt. C, Houma

Kassim Nagi

Kassim Nagi



Racketeering, Money Laundering, Transactions involving Drug Proceeds, Failure to Possess Tax Stamp, Violation of CDS Drug Free Zone, Distribution of CDS I, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS I, and Principle to Distribute CDS I; his bond has not been set at this time.

 



All arrested suspects are being held at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex. Additional agencies involved in today’s operation included: ATC, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and Office of Homeland Security. This investigation is on-going.

 

We encourage anyone has been effected by or has a loved one effected by these dangerous drugs to contact TPSO agents. As the investigation continues, we are attempting to identify other sources of supply and suspects involved in this illegal activity.

 

Please contact the TPSO Narcotics Task Force at 985-879-4964 or TPSO at 985-876-2500. Synthetic marijuana is illegal to possess and sell and is violation of Louisiana law.

 

By: Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

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