L.D.W.F. AGENTS MAKE FELONY DRUG ARRESTS ON WEST BAY W.M.A.

Release Date: 01/08/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Duson men on Dec. 29 for allegedly possessing illegal drugs and for camping at night in a non-designated area on the West Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Allen Parish.


Sherwood Bourque, 39, was arrested for possession of marijuana, second offense, three counts of carrying a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, and not abiding by WMA rules and regulations and camping in a non-designated area.


Billie Lofton, 36, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, three counts of carrying of a firearm while in possession of methamphetamine, possession of a prescribed drug without a prescription, and not abiding by WMA rules and regulations and camping in a non-designated area.


Agents while on night patrol on the West Bay WMA observed a campfire and found both Bourque and Lofton camping in a wooded area.  Agents observed both men acting very nervous and pre-occupied during the interview.  After searching both men and their vehicle, agents discovered illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, two rifles and a shotgun. 


Agents confiscated approximately one gram of suspected crystal methamphetamine, 20 Soma capsules and two rifles from Lofton.  Agents also seized suspected marijuana, one pack of rolling paper, one marijuana pipe and one shotgun from Bourque. 


Both men were booked into the Allen Parish Correctional Center.  All three firearms were seized as evidence.  Lofton's vehicle was towed off the WMA and impounded.


The penalty for illegal possession of schedule II drugs (Meth) carries a fine up to $5,000 or jail time between two and five years.  Illegal possession of marijuana second offense carries a fine up to $2,000, or jail time up to five years or both.  Illegal carrying of firearms while in possession of a schedule II drug carries a fine up to $10,000, or prison at hard labor between five and 10 years without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries a fine up to $500, or jail time up to six months or both.  Possession of a prescribed drug without a prescription carries a fine up to $5,000 or prison with or without hard labor for not more than five years. 


Not abiding by WMA rules and regulations carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.


Agents participating in the case were Capt. Jubal Marceaux, Lt. Jesse Savoie, and Senior Agent Wendell Vaughn.


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.


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