Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a Cut Off woman and a male fugitive on Saturday following a traffic stop in Cut Off. Narcotics agents arrested Chrisy Rousse (W/F, D.O.B. 01/16/78) of 163 West 103rd Street after discovering crack cocaine inside her vehicle. Agents later arrested Ward Dupard (B/M, D.O.B. 01/29/54) of 419 West 15th Street in Larose who was found at Rousses home with four active warrants for his arrest.
Just after 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force Agents were traveling south on Highway 1 in Cut Off when the vehicle in front of them passed another vehicle in a no passing zone. Agents initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who was identified as Chrisy Rousse. Agents were familiar with Rousse due to previous investigations. Rousse voluntarily consented to a search of her vehicle wherein agents discovered several small pieces of suspected crack cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia. A preliminary field test on the suspected crack cocaine yielded a positive result for the presence of cocaine. Rousse additionally consented to a search of her residence, from where she had just left.
Upon arrival at the residence, agents discovered Ward Dupard was sleeping inside the residence. Agents discovered Dupard had four active warrants and placed him under arrest. Drug paraphernalia was also located near Dupards location. Elsewhere inside the residence, agents discovered additional suspected crack cocaine and additional articles of drug paraphernalia including a digital scale. Several items had white powder residue which tested positive for the presence of cocaine.
Both Rousse and Dupard were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Rousse was booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, maintaining a structure for narcotics use, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of a no passing zone. She was released Saturday night after posting $4,100 bond as had been set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III. Dupard, meanwhile, was booked on warrants for five counts of issuing worthless checks, simple battery, and two counts of contempt of court. He was additionally booked with possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains at the jail in lieu of $10,800 bond as set by warrants and Judge Barbera, as well as $951 in fines and costs.