Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies have taken a major player out of the drug dealing ring.
Andre Eason, 31 of Central School Road, Dubberly, has been arrested on six counts of distribution of CDS Sch. II (cocaine)
, two counts of possession of CDS in presence of a minor, possession of Sch. II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to distribute Sch. II (cocaine) over 200 grams, possession with intent to distribute Sch. I (marijuana), possession with intent to distribute Sch. II (Alprazalan), possession with intent to distribute Sch. IV (Xanax) and possession of Sch. III (Lortab) with intent to distribute.
Also taken into custody was Shequilla Meshell Collins, 35. She is charged with two counts of distribution of Sch. II, two counts of possession of CDS in the presence of a minor, possession of Sch. II with intent to distribute, possession of Sch. IV with intent to distribute, possession of Sch. II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, possession of Sch. II (cocaine) with intent to distribute, possession of Sch. III with intent to distribute and illegal carrying of a weapon.
WPSO Chief Deputy Bobby Igo, Jr. said calls from Dubberly residents concerning a major drug dealer in their area led Community Action Directed (CAD) deputies into an investigation that lasted several months.
"It takes many hours of hard work and putting things together to get things done the correct way, but it all pays off in the end," Igo said. "Eason has been a drug dealer down there for years. We want the people to know, when they tell us something, we do listen and we do act."
Igo said CAD investigators Capt. Robert Hayden, Joel Thomas and Bobby Igo, III, put in many hours investigating and, along with deputies Wade Wells, Eric Roby and Ricky Corke, arrested Eason and Collins Thursday at their residence in Dubberly where they lived with small two children.
"We had search warrants and arrest warrants for Eason," Igo said. "While we were down there, we saw him on the streets and made a traffic stop. We went to the house with him and executed the warrants. That's where we found all the dope – 67 grams of methamphetamine, more than 200 grams of cocaine and 233 grams of marijuana and $12,000 cash – actually in one of the children's rooms."
Igo said a 357 revolver was also located in the residence.
"Eason is a convicted felon, so we charged him as a felon with a firearm," said the chief. "He has six charges besides the charges we have on him today (Thursday)."
Igo said the investigation is continuing and seizure of Eason's vehicles and home may be the next step.
"Eason has been a tough guy to get, and until now, we just couldn't get the right opportunity," Igo said. "It has been a long investigation with outstanding results. We have what we need for the district attorney to do his job and do it right. Hopefully, we will put Eason away for a long, long time."