Investigation results in 7 indicted in north Louisiana cocaine conspiracy

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 07/24 2014 03:35PM

Updated 07/24 2014 06:46PM

A two-year-long undercover investigation has resulted in the seizure of more than $517,000 in cash and seven people being charged for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, firearm violations, and other related drug charges in parishes across north Louisiana.

A grand jury delivered a 24-count indictment Wednesday against Quincy Hoover, 39, and Quwanda Forest, 35, both of Natchez, La.; Jesse Thomas, 30 of Haynesville, La.; Rodney Raymond, 35, of Natchitoches, La.; Shannon Jenkins, 34, and Carlos Jenkins, 36 both of Ruston, La, and another individual who is at large.

From June 2012 to July 2014, the defendants conspired to distribute cocaine throughout Lincoln, Claiborne, Natchitoches, Sabine, DeSoto, Bossier and Caddo parishes with the source cities for the cocaine being Houston and Dallas.

Controlled purchases by law enforcement of cocaine powder and crack cocaine were made from several dealers during the investigation.
Federal and local law enforcement officials arrested five of the defendants on July 1 in the northwest Louisiana area, in which more than a half a million dollars in cash, firearms, 16 pounds of marijuana and other items were seized.

The defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation code named "Pit Stop."

The Drug Enforcement Administration , U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisiana State Police, Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office, Ruston Police Department, Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, Natchitoches Police Department, Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, Bossier City Police Department, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, all participated in this OCDETF operation.

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