(St. Martinville, LA.)-Today, following a four week investigation, Sheriff Becket Breaux announced that Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested fourteen inmates and one former inmate on racketeering charges. The investigation was initiated after contraband was discovered in the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. During the course of the investigation, Deputies uncovered an elaborate drug distribution network carried out by both “working inmates” and general population inmates.
At the culmination of the investigation, warrants of arrest were obtained and the following currently incarcerated inmates were charged as follows:
Daylon Alexander, 40, Kieon Alexander, 23, Marshall Alexander, 42, Quincy Alexander, 42, Hayven Augillard, 33, Joshua Dardar, 40, Austin Granger, 21, Arlondo Henson, 49, Brenan Jean Batiste, 19, Homer John, 38, Kentrell Ledet, 27, Demarcus Smith, 21, Javonty Williams, 21, Gerald Zenon, 39
Danah Thibodeaux, 29, was released prior to the culmination of the investigation and was arrested this morning following the execution of a warrant on the below charges:
- LA. R.S. 13.1352-Racketeering Activity (which encompasses the following four charges):
- LA. 40:966(A)-Manufacture; distribution of Schedule I-controlled substances (synthetic marijuana)
- LA. 40:969(A)-Manufacture; distribution of Schedule IV dangerous substances (controlled dangerous substances)
- LA. 14:230-Money Laundering
- LA. 14:402-Certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited (Introduction of Contraband)
- LA. R.S. 40:1041-Transactions involving proceeds from controlled dangerous substances activity
All of the individuals were booked on the above charges with the exception of Daylon Alexander, who was extradited to a correctional facility in Texas during the course of the investigation. He will be extradited at a later date to the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center where he will be booked in on the above charges.
Sheriff Breaux’s main initiatives when he took office on July 1, 2020, was to rid St. Martin Parish of illegal drug activity, and eradicate contraband from the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. He has committed a vast amount of resources toward the prevention of contraband entering the facility. Sheriff Breaux further stated that “Jail should be a place of rehabilitation. This is an opportunity for offenders to take advantage of a drug-free environment and allow themselves to address their chemical dependency issues.”
The investigation remains ongoing and more arrests are pending.