VIOLET, La. -- Police arrested 19l people, including three juveniles, for distribution of crack cocaine, heroin and other drug-related charges in St. Bernard Parish this week.

According to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, 17 people were arrested and eight more were named as suspects for their involvement in distributing crack cocaine and heroin in the Violet area. Two more arrests were made during the course of the roundup on charges involving possession of marijuana and parole violation.

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“Crack cocaine distribution had not been a major problem in St. Bernard Parish in several years,’’ Sheriff Pohlmann said. But when the Special Investigations Division heard about crack being sold the department responded to eliminate distribution networks, the sheriff said.

“By trying to stamp it out you eliminate the likelihood that people will be killed in turf wars or during robberies of drug dealers,’’ Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Eight suspects are still at-large:

  • Tevin Hrarison, 25
  • Jermain Mitchell, 40
  • Jermone Frederick, 31
  • Andre Major, 31
  • David Johnson, 44
  • Damien Landry, 24
  • Alvin Duplessis, 47
  • Ikeria Narcisse, 23

Arrested for distribution of crack cocaine:

  • Jason Blaise, 29
  • Melod Lafrance, 42
  • Allen Jones, 50
  • Ronald Jones, 24
  • Michael Bell, 63
  • Dwestley Ratcliff, 17
  • Tony Washington, 27
  • Deshawn Matthews, 46
  • Tammy Trice, 56
  • Jocrisco Trice, 34,
  • Tedrick Hurts, 51
  • Three juvenile males were also arrested, but were not named due to their age.

Other charges:

  • Bryant Major, 44, arrested for distribution of pills
  • Kenneth Turner, no age available, arrested for possession of marijuana
  • Shawn Smith, no age available, arrested for parole violation
  • Terrence Grant, Distribution of Heroin
  • Jonathan Green, Distribution of Heroin