In a news release to KVPI News, Chief Investigator Shawn Eckhart reported the following:On December 8, 2011, Detectives with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department observed a vehicle driving in the wrong direction on a one way street. A traffic stop was conducted where contact was made with the driver, Solomon Guillory Jr., who was driving with a suspended driver’s license and was also found to have an active warrant out for his arrest. Detectives arrested Guillory for driving under suspension and the outstanding warrant. While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, prior to tow, detectives located narcotics and paraphernalia related to distribution. Guillory was booked in the parish jail for his outstanding warrant and also charged with possession with intent to distribute a schedule I controlled dangerous substance. Guillory was issued a summons for the traffic violations.
On December 9, 2011, Detectives were investigating the recent burglaries and copper thefts in the Chataignier area when they observed a vehicle parked in the middle of the Rozas Road. After conducting a field interview, the driver, Jacob Courville did not have a valid driver’s license and was found in possession of illegal narcotics. Two passengers in the vehicle, Bryant Edwards and Daniel Thomas, were also found to be in possession of illegal narcotics. All three were arrested on drug related violations and booked into the parish jail.
On December 10, 2011, Detectives arrested Lance Miller and Joshua Loera in connection with a burglary and theft in the Chataignier area. Detectives followed up on leads from video surveillance and located the suspects in Eunice. The majority of the items reported stolen were recovered and returned to the owner. Several items were allegedly destroyed after being stolen and sold to local recycle yards. Miller and Loera were booked in the parish jail for burglary and felony theft. Additional arrests and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
On December 12, 2011, Jeremy Fontenot was charged with aggravated burglary and four counts of theft of a firearm in connection with a burglary of a residence in the Easton area. Fontenot was booked in the parish jail. Douglas Fontenot was arrested earlier last week in connection with this burglary and has been booked in the parish jail.
On December 14, 2011, Detectives with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division followed up on leads at 1731 Clarks Landing, which led to the discovery of an operational clandestine lab, also known as a meth lab. Upon arrival Detectives observed a white male, later identified as Justin Derrick Clark, run from the back porch of the residence and throw an object, later identified as a one pot method meth lab, into the bushes in front of his residence. Upon further investigation, Detectives identified several precursors associated with a meth lab in the immediate vicinity. Due to the nature and danger associated with meth labs, investigators immediately obtained consent to search the residence from Clark, where additional precursors were located. Detectives rendered the lab and the home in a safe condition and arrested Clark for the operation of a clandestine lab.
Sheriff Eddie Soileau encourages residents to contact his office with information about illegal activities and to report all suspicious activity including the burning of wire for copper. Sheriff Soileau also encourages citizens to record serial numbers of new electronics received during the Christmas holidays and not to put boxes at the roadside as this displays the items within the residence. He said all callers will remain anonymous.