Chackbay Man Arrested after Agents Find Drugs, Weapons, and Cash at His Residence

Justin Zeringue Seizure

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Chackbay man after narcotics agents found drugs, weapons, and cash at his residence.  Justin Zeringue, 24, was arrested following the search.

Through the course of an investigation, narcotics agents obtained a search warrant for Zeringue’s residence on Meadow View Court in Chackbay. On Wednesday, November 7, agents arrived at the residence and made contact with Zeringue. During a search of the residence, agents seized 135 grams of suspected high-grade marijuana and more than 50 packages of substances containing THC concentrate. They also seized 36 Xanax pills, 30 hydrocodone pills, two semi-automatic handguns, approximately $1,300 in cash, and a large amount of drug paraphernalia. Agents also discovered two large bottles containing suspected promethazine and 11 empty bottles which once contained the legend drug.

Zeringue was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone, Xanax, Marijuana and Legend Drugs. He was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Zeringue was released early Thursday morning after posting $65,200 bond.

Justin Zeringue
Justin Zeringue

Larose Man Charged with First Degree Rape of Teenager

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Larose man has been charged with first degree rape of a teenager following an investigation. Johnny Moore Jr. was arrested and booked on November 7, 2018.

On October 31, 2018, juvenile detectives began investigating a complaint that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage girl. On Wednesday, November 7, detectives made contact with Moore, and he admitted to having sexual contact with the teenager. Due to the circumstances of the incident, Moore was charged with First Degree Rape.

Moore was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. He was charged with First Degree Rape and additionally booked on an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $500,500.

Johnny Moore Jr
Johnny Moore Jr.

UPDATE: No Evidence of Foul Play Found in Metairie Woman’s Death

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported no evidence of foul play has been discovered in the death of a Metairie woman whose body was found in Raceland. The body of Mia West, 43, was discovered near a sugar cane field on October 13, 2018.

West was reported missing in Jefferson Parish on October 7, 2018. Six days later, on October 13, a sugar cane farmer located an abandoned car in a field along LA Highway 307 in Raceland, and it was later determined to belong to West. The Lafourche Parish Interagency Crisis Management Unit responded and began conducting an extensive search of the area. Supported by a helicopter from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, West’s body was located in a nearby wooded area. An autopsy conducted on Monday, October 15 in Jefferson Parish confirmed her identity, but the date and manner of her death could not be determined.

Investigators have not found any evidence of foul play in West’s death. Investigators have, however, discovered evidence that West may have committed suicide. This includes evidence recovered from West’s cell phone and interviews with friends and family.

The investigation into her death is continuing as detectives are still reviewing forensic evidence, medical reports, and tips. Anyone with any information on Mia West’s death is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

Mia West Mia West

Copper Parts Stolen from KLEB-AM Radio Transmitter Site

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are investigating the theft of copper tubing and other parts from a local radio station’s transmitter site in Golden Meadow.

On Sunday, November 4, deputies and detectives responded to East Main Street in Golden Meadow in reference to a theft at the radio transmitter site of the KLEB-AM radio station. Investigators learned an air conditioning unit had been dismantled, and the copper parts had been removed. Copper grounding wire had also been stolen from the site. In all, investigators estimate 40-50 pounds of copper had been stolen, resulting in thousands of dollars of damage.

Anyone who may have any information on this case is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org.  Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

KLEB AC Unit
KLEB AC Unit

Thibodaux Man Facing Several Narcotics Charges Following Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Thibodaux Man found with a variety of narcotics during a traffic stop. Audell Young, 29, faces several charges following the incident.

Just after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, narcotics agents conducted a traffic stop on a car traveling on Karla Drive in Thibodaux. The driver stopped at a residence in the 400 block of Karla Drive. Agents identified the driver as Audell Young and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A K-9 unit arrived on scene and alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents discovered over 105 grams of suspected marijuana. They also recovered various pills including MDMA, hydrocodone, Xanax, and a drug only available by prescription, as well as various drug paraphernalia.

As agents located the narcotics, Young attempted to flee, but he was quickly apprehended and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center for booking. During a search of his person at the Detention Center, correctional officers discovered more suspected marijuana.

Agents also obtained a search warrant for the Karla Drive residence where Young had stopped. As a result of a search of the residence, agents seized an additional 270 grams of suspected marijuana, as well as another dose of MDMA, $1,344 in cash, and a handgun.

Young was booked on charges including Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Hydrocodone, Xanax, and MDMA, as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Legend Drug, Resisting an Officer, Taking Contraband to a Penal Institution, and illegal tint. His bond is set at $55,850.

Audell Young
Audell Young

Transitional Work Program Inmate Charged with Escape after Leaving Assignment

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Transitional Program Work inmate has been charged after escaping from his work site for several hours on Thursday. David Le, 33, of Westwego is currently in custody in West Feliciana Parish.

Le was working for a marine towing company and was stationed on a boat docked along the Mississippi River in central Louisiana. He had been assigned to that boat since September 4, 2018. He was last seen by the boat captain at 2 a.m. on Thursday, November 1. When he did not rise for work, a crew member was sent to his cabin at 10 a.m., and he was not present. The crew searched the boat, but they were unable to locate Le.

At around 4 p.m. on Thursday, deputies with the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office located Le hiding in another boat approximately 200 yards from his assigned boat. He was taken into custody and booked into the West Feliciana Parish Detention Center. He is awaiting transfer to Lafourche Parish where he will be booked with Simple Escape.

Le had been assigned to the Transitional Work Program since November 2017. Le was serving time for a Simple Burglary conviction in Jefferson Parish in 2017. He was scheduled to be released in March 2021.

David Le
David Le

Thibodaux Man Arrested for Sixth DWI Offense – His Second in a Month

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Thibodaux man has been charged with his second DWI offense in one month. This is the third DWI offense for Craig Uggen, 58, since 2011 and his sixth overall.

At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, a deputy was at a convenience store on LA Highway 3185 in Thibodaux when he observed Uggen drive up to the store. The deputy knew Uggen had a suspended driver’s license because he had arrested him for DWI on October 1, 2018. After Uggen walked into the store, he approached the cashier’s counter where the deputy was standing. The deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Uggen’s breath, and he was exhibiting signs of possible intoxication. The deputy followed Uggen outside and made contact with him. Uggen submitted to a field sobriety test on which he performed poorly. A breathalyzer test showed him to have a blood alcohol content of .260g%.

In addition to his arrest in October, Uggen had also been charged with a (DWI 4th Offense) in February 2011. Per Louisiana R.S. 14:98, Uggen was arrested and charged with DWI (3rd Offense) due to this being his third offense in a ten-year period. He was also charged with driving under suspension. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux, and his bond is set at $10,500.

Craig Uggen
Craig Uggen

MISSING TEEN: Ethan Hansel

UPDATE: Ethan Hansel has been found and is safe.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Ethan Hansel of Galliano. He was last seen at around 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, when he left his foster parents’ residence on West 177th Street in Galliano. Ethan is described as 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 185 pounds, with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a Golden Meadow Middle School hooded sweatshirt and black jogging pants. Anyone with information on Ethan’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808, or simply call 9-1-1.

Ethan Hansel Ethan Hansel

Two Arrested after Stealing Cash Box at Youth Center

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two people were arrested for stealing a cash box from a local youth center during a bingo game. Keras Jackson, 26, of Thibodaux and Damarcus Caine, 19, of Larose were both arrested following the incident.

Just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, deputies responded to a robbery at a Cut Off Youth Center. Two subjects, later identified as Jackson and Caine, entered the facility, approached a table selling bingo cards, and stole a cash box. Several workers at the center chased after the suspects but were unable to catch up to them. They were able to obtain a license plate on the suspects’ vehicle. Deputies were also able to review surveillance video to obtain a description of the suspects.

Through investigation, deputies identified Caine and Jackson as the suspects. Deputies made contact with both subjects later that night and questioned them about the incident. Both admitted to their involvement in the crime.

Jackson and Caine were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on one count each of Simple Robbery. Their bonds were set at $10,000 each. Caine was released Thursday afternoon after posting bond.

Keras Jackson
Keras Jackson
Damarcus Caine
Damarcus Caine

Sheriff Webre Announces 2018 Halloween Patrol Plans and Offers Safety Tips

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will conduct the annual Blue Light Special patrol on Halloween in order to help keep trick-or-treaters safe. More than 100 deputies will patrol the streets of Lafourche Parish neighborhoods beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. This patrol will continue until at least 8:30 p.m. during the peak hours of trick-or-treating. Deputies will patrol with emergency lights activated to remind motorists to drive slowly and exercise extreme caution as children take to the streets.

“In what has become our annual tradition, every deputy assigned a vehicle will fan out across the parish to ensure a safe night for trick-or-treaters,” said Sheriff Webre. Adults are encouraged to keep a close watch for all children and report any incidents or suspicious activity to a nearby deputy or by calling us directly.”

Sheriff Webre offers these Halloween safety tips:

  • Make your child’s costume distinguishable and safe. Ensure your child can easily walk in the costume and that the fabric is flame retardant. Use glow bracelets/sticks, reflective tape, and flashlights. With store-bought costumes, change or add something to make your child distinguishable from others.
  • Maintain proper supervision for your children. We strongly urge parents to supervise their own children. If you must entrust your child to another adult, obtain up-to-date contact information. If they are headed out with a group, make sure there is a buddy system in place.
  • Stay off your smartphone. Adults should be ever-vigilant while supervising children, and no one should be walking along the roadside while looking down or distracted. Carry a standard flashlight instead of draining your smartphone battery by attempting to use the built-in light.
  • Inspect all treats collected. Discard anything that is not sealed, has torn packaging, looks questionable, or could be a choking hazard.
  • Talk to your children about safety. Remind them to walk (don’t run) on sidewalks or near the edge of the roadway – never in the center and always facing traffic. Remind them to stay in front of residences giving out candy and NEVER enter a residence. Have a plan for in case you and your child get separated. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

Residents are encouraged to prepare their homes for trick-or-treaters. Clear sidewalks and pathways of any obstacles, and put away anything children could trip over such as hoses, toys, or yard decorations. Turn on your lights so your property is well-lit, and replace any burnt bulbs prior to Halloween. Secure pets so that they will not attack or frighten anyone.

Motorists are encouraged to keep travel to a minimum on Halloween night due to a high number of pedestrians on neighborhood streets. Those who must be on the roads are encouraged to drive cautiously and be alert for children, especially in residential areas. “While it’s always a best practice to eliminate all driving distractions such as smartphones or the radio, we encourage drivers to pay special attention to their driving on Halloween night with so many children present,” said Sheriff Webre. “Children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways.”

Deputies will also be conducting compliance checks for sex offenders on Halloween night. Sex offenders are restricted from wearing masks or handing out candy or gifts on a holiday such as Halloween. Deputies will visit sex offenders in Lafourche Parish to verify they are complying with the terms of their sentences.