Three suspected drug traffickers were arrested by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office last week – all charged with various drug-related offenses.
Sheriff Craig Webre said narcotics officers were conducting surveillance in the central area of Lafourche Parish when they observed a traffic violation on La. Highway 1 in Mathews. With the help of a patrol assistant, they performed a roadside check on the car and identified the driver as Dwayne Johns, 29, of Golden Meadow.
The other occupants of the vehicle were identified as Rickey Cheramie, 45, and his wife, Lacie Cheramie, 39, both of Golden Meadow.
It was discovered that Lacie Cheramie was holding the alleged heroine’s hand and that she later had several small bags of heroin on her.
A K-9 unit in the area responded to the scene and alerted authorities to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers found more suspected heroin and paraphernalia determined to belong to Johns and Rickey Cheramie. Officers seized a total of about 58.9 grams of heroin during the traffic stop, authorities said.
Through an investigation, officers also obtained a search warrant for the Cheramies’ home, and during their stay other heroines were discovered, along with digital scales and other drug-related paraphernalia and l ‘money.
All 3 were arrested and incarcerated at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex.
Rickey Cheramie is charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin. The deposit is set at $ 150,000. Lacie Cheramie is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. The deposit is set at $ 80,000.
Johns has been charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and the bail is set at $ 75,000.
Citizens are reminded that they can report any suspicious or drug-related activity. Information can be reported directly to the Narcotics Section Commander, Lieutenant Derek Champagne, at (985) 532-4365 or [email protected] Information may also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or through the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices.