9 Arrested in Joint Grant, Rapides Narcotics Investigation

Press Release – According to Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain and Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton, a collaborative investigation into narcotics trafficking was done over the last 4 -5 months involving Deputies from the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and Agents from the Metro Division of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Initially, Patrol Deputies in Grant were getting an increase in small narcotics seizures from routine traffic stops conducted near the Grant-Rapides line on US 71.  Believing there was more to this increased activity, they turned their findings over to Narcotics Detectives with Grant and they in turn, contacted Metro Division for their assistance.  The joint investigation was initiated as some of the narcotics were being brought into Rapides Parish.  Over the last 4-5 months, cases were initiated and arrests were made on several suspects which resulted in the seizure of over 6 grams of suspected marijuana, 50 grams of methamphetamine, 2 grams of heroin and assorted pills.  Some suspected synthetic marijuana or “mojo” was also seized during the investigations.

“It makes a huge difference when we can all work together.  The drug dealers don’t stop at the parish line. Sheriff Hilton and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office have been a great neighbor,” stated Sheriff McCain.

“Criminal activity, especially narcotics activity, does not acknowledge jurisdictional lines.  That is why it is so important to pool resources when necessary to make these arrests in an attempt to keep both of our communities safe” said Sheriff Hilton.

Investigators say more arrests are pending.