Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Galliano woman in an investigation into criminal trespassing and stolen property. Britnie Davidson, 32, of Galliano was arrested on August 6, 2019.
Detectives began an investigation into trespassing and stolen property complaints in the Cut Off area that occurred overnight on August 4-5, 2019. Through investigation, detectives developed Davidson as a suspect in the crimes. Detectives made contact with Davidson, and she admitted to having used drugs prior to committing the crimes. Davidson was arrested for two counts of Simple Burglary, two counts of Theft, and four counts of Criminal Trespassing, and she was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. Among her prior arrests, Davidson was arrested in November 2018 for her first drug offenses. She had spent 19 days in jail before bonding out.
Sheriff Webre stated: “It is our hope that by working with the District Attorney’s Office and the court system, Ms. Davidson will ultimately get the help she needs to break the cycle of addiction. In alignment with our mission at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex, we will attempt to diagnose and begin that treatment process while she is in our custody. It is imperative that we try to identify and treat the root cause of crime, and not just look at the crime itself.”
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued 469 drug charges on 320 arrests in 2019 thus far. This is in addition to the 18 federal indictments recently announced as part of a two-year investigation into drug trafficking in Lafourche Parish.
“Between our own local efforts and our cooperative efforts with agencies such as the Louisiana State Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, we are committed to the enforcement of laws involving drug possession and distribution,” said Sheriff Webre. “Drug trafficking is an operation that spans multiple jurisdictions and even crosses into other countries. It is imperative that we work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to find those responsible for bringing drugs into our community. We understand that arresting drug traffickers and dealers attacks the root of the issue, but we also cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the enforcement of drug possession laws. For many, it is the only way they will ever recognize they have a problem and seek treatment.”
The LPSO remains committed in its partnership with the Lafourche Parish Drug Treatment Court since its inception in 1999. This alternative to incarceration provides those with addictive disorders the opportunity to attain and maintain responsible sobriety while providing treatment, education, and skill development. It has helped a great number of people shed the chains of addiction while also resuming their life as a contributing member of society.
On the side of prevention, for the past 30 years, the LPSO has been teaching children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse through the D.A.R.E. program. With programs and lessons for Kindergarten through 5th grade, as well as 8th grade, our D.A.R.E. instructors and school resource officers ensure children are aware of the consequences of drug use and abuse with a science-based education based on the principles of prevention.