Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Major Narcotics Seizure and Arrest in Washington Parish

Published 10:25 am Monday, February 5, 2024

BOGALUSA, La.  — In a collaborative effort, law enforcement agencies in Washington Parish have scored a significant victory in the ongoing battle against drug distribution in the region.

Detectives from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, in conjunction with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Bogalusa Police Department, conducted proactive narcotics investigations focused on methamphetamine distribution in the Bogalusa area.

Friday, Feb. 2, these efforts culminated in the seizure of over 20 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $4,500 in U.S. currency. The estimated street value of the seized methamphetamine is approximately $220,000.

Moreover, authorities apprehended 35-year-old James Wise of Bogalusa in connection with the operation. Wise faces charges of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance and transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses. He was subsequently booked into the Washington Parish Jail.

“This achievement is largely due to the strong and close relationship we’ve cultivated with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations,” said the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in a statement. “It’s partnerships like these that empower our WPSO Drug Task Force detectives to effectively combat drug-related issues in Washington Parish.”

Expressing satisfaction with the outcome of the joint effort, the Sheriff’s Office reiterated its commitment to maintaining a safe and drug-free community. The collaboration between agencies underscores the efficacy of unified efforts in tackling drug-related crimes.

“This operation is a testament to what we can achieve when we work together for the safety and well-being of our community,” the statement continued. “A huge thank you to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations and our dedicated detectives for their hard work and determination.”

The investigation remains ongoing, and authorities urge anyone with information regarding criminal activity to contact the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division at 985-543-4182. Citizens can also anonymously report information through the Louisiana State Police online reporting system by visiting LSP.org/Report Criminal Activity.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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