Two Separate Traffic Stops Net Three Drug Arrests

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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported three individuals were arrested on drug charges after separate traffic stops on Tuesday, February 7. Ivy Frank (B/M, D.O.B. 05/28/87) of 332 Monarch Drive, Apt. 2 in Houma, and Vanessa Perez (W/F, D.O.B. 07/12/63) and Mark Bouffanie (W/M, D.O.B. 11/02/67), both of 113 E. 125th Street in Galliano, all face various drug-related charges.

On Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 P.M., a deputy using radar found a car to be traveling at 51 mph in a 25 mph zone on Tiger Drive in Thibodaux. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Ivy Frank. The deputy detected a faint odor of burned marijuana inside the car, and Frank admitted that he had just been smoking marijuana. Additional deputies arrived on scene to assist, and Frank voluntarily agreed to a search of his vehicle. During the search, deputies located a backpack containing three bags of suspected marijuana, $10.00 in cash and a digital scale. Also inside the car, they found another bag of suspected marijuana and a partially smoked hand-rolled cigar believed to contain marijuana. Frank was then placed under arrest, and deputies found $508.45 in his pockets. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked with Felony Manufacture/ Distribution/Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2nd Offense). He had also been issued a summons for Speeding and No Driver’s License. He was released Wednesday on $12,000.00 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc.

Later, around 10:00 P.M., Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force Agents were traveling southbound on LA 308 in Galliano and observed a black SUV cross the center and shoulder lines several times. Agents initiated a traffic stop, but the driver continued until pulling into a residential driveway. Agents then made contact with the driver, identified as Vanessa Perez, and learned she had pulled into her own driveway where she lived with Mark Bouffanie, her boyfriend. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, agents found a pill bottle containing two types of suspected Hydrocodone. Perez said that the correct prescription bottles were inside her residence. Bouffanie, who had been at the home, was allowed to retrieve the bottles. While identifying the contents of each, agents discovered one bottle that contained suspected marijuana. Bouffanie indicated there was also marijuana inside the residence and voluntarily consented to a search. Inside a bedroom, agents located four more pill bottles and three plastic bags, all of which contained suspected marijuana. Agents also found other various pills, rolling papers, a wooden grinder, cigar wraps, two rifles and shotgun. Bouffanie and Perez were placed under arrest and transported to the Detention Center for booking. Perez was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Driver’s License and Improper Lane Usage. Bouffanie was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, three counts of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS. Perez is being held in lieu of $5,850.00 bond, and Bouffanie is being held in lieu of $102,250.00 bond, both as set by Judge LeBlanc.

Two Separate Traffic Stops Net Three Drug Arrests