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May 22, 2019

STPSO Report: Drug Trafficking Conspirators Arrested

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and troopers from Louisiana State Police Region I Narcotics concluded a lengthy investigation Wednesday (May 22, 2019) with numerous search warrants and arrests being made related to a drug trafficking organization based out of Slidell.

Detectives and troopers reportedly identified the leaders of the organization as Jason Hotard and Kasey Johnson, along with their girlfriends Dawn Herbert and Turquoise Gillum. Also reportedly identified were 32 other individuals as being part of the drug trafficking organization. The organization was responsible for the distribution of heroin and other controlled dangerous substances in St. Tammany Parish, Orleans Parish and in south Mississippi.

Arrests warrants were issued for all parties known to be involved, and on Wednesday morning, search warrants were executed at 11 residential and business locations. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics provided resources and manpower to execute at least one search warrant in southern Mississippi.  The Louisiana Department of Corrections – Division of Probation and Parole in addition to The Department of Homeland Security (HSI) also assisted in executing arrest warrants.

The organization’s base of operation was reported to be Roussell Towing, a Slidell-area towing business, and that the leaders would use this business to store and package large quantities of heroin.  and distribute the heroin throughout St. Tammany Parish, Orleans Parish and south Mississippi. STPSO also reports that detectives and troopers uncovered a second business associated with this drug trafficking organization. That business, Aariel Recovery, was advertised as a substance abuse clinic and is co-owned by Herbert.

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