|Tuesday, July 17, 2012
|Deputies Arrest Baton Rouge Man, Recover Nearly $150,000 in Prescription Drugs Shortly after Pharmacy Burglary - by Dty. Brennan Matherne, PIO
|Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Baton Rouge man early Sunday morning shortly after he burglarized a pharmacy in Larose. Trent P. Rodrigue (W/M, D.O.B. 08/01/84) of 8525 Cody Drive in Baton Rouge, La., was located and arrested by deputies shortly after the crime was committed. Additionally, deputies recovered nearly $150,000 in drugs stolen from the pharmacy.
At around 3:00 a.m. on July 15, a patrol deputy in the Galliano area observed a vehicle parked in a parking lot just off LA Highway 3162 with a male subject sitting inside and music playing loudly. The subject appeared to be sleeping, and the vehicle’s engine was running. The deputy attempted to make contact with the driver, and as he approached the vehicle, the deputy noticed an amber-colored liquid prescription bottle in the center console as well as an open duffel bag on the passenger seat with a large quantity of prescription bottles inside, all in plain view. The deputy woke the subject, and identified him as Trent Rodrigue. At the deputy’s request, Rodrigue exited the vehicle, but had trouble standing or speaking. The deputy had Rodrigue transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance due to his high level of impairment.
Detectives and a narcotics agent arrived at the scene. They identified the liquid prescription bottle as containing promethazine with codeine. They recovered the black duffel bag on the passenger seat, as well as two black garbage bags, all of which contained large quantities of pharmaceutical drugs as follows:
• 23 bottles of assorted milligrams of oxycodone
• 86 bottles of assorted milligrams of hydrocodone
• 7 one-pint bottles of liquid hydrocodone bitartrate
• 2 one-pint bottles of liquid Tylenol with codeine
• 2 one-pint bottles of liquid promethazine
• 8 one-pint bottles of liquid promethazine with codeine
• 1 one-pint bottle of liquid hydroxyzine HCL
• 1 bottle of hyrdochlorothiazide
• 1 bottle of tramadol hydrochloride
• 1 bottle of pantoprazole sodium
The total street value of the drugs recovered is $149,159. In all, agents counted 13,291 individual pills.
Through investigation, detectives discovered a pharmacy in Larose had been burglarized earlier that night. Through investigation at the pharmacy location, detectives discovered broken glass where it is believe Rodrigue gained entry into the pharmacy. They later verified that the drugs found in Rodrigue’s vehicle were all missing from the pharmacy.
Following his release from the hospital, Rodrigue was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with simple burglary of a pharmacy, DWI (3rd offense), possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, possession with the intent to distribute hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute Tylenol with codeine, and five counts of possession with intent to distribute a legend drug. He was also booked on two active warrants for contempt of court. He is currently being held at Detention Center in lieu of $217,500.00 as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III.