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March 05, 2021

WPSO: Major Drug Bust - $241,515 Seized

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force made a major drug arrest on Wednesday (March 3, 2021) after an investigation into illegal drug sales north of Franklinton. Arrested on March 3rd was Keith Bell, age 58 and a resident of Old Columbia Road north of Franklinton. Bell was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and an outstanding warrant issued by the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. More than 21 grams of heroin was seized during Bell’s arrest, along with a semi-automatic pistol and $241,515 in bundled cash.

Jail records indicate Bell has one previous arrest in Washington Parish. In 2006, he was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, two counts of battery on a police office and being a fugitive from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. His bond currently is set at $150,000 but he is ineligible for bond release due to being on parole.

The investigation continues and thus far has produced one additional arrest. According to the WPSO press release, on March 4th, a Bell associate, Jessica Lynn Naquin, age 38 and a resident of Curve Road in Folsom, was arrested in conjunction with the ongoing investigation and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with criminal conspiracy in conjunction with Bell’s arrest. Her bond is currently set at $75,750.

Naquin has at least five previous arrests in Washington Parish. In 2010, she was arrested for burglary and failure to appear in court and four months later for contempt of court. This was followed by an arrest for theft in 2011 and another arrest in 2014 for failure to appear in court. In 2016, she was arrested again and charged with two counts of possession of illegal drugs, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of theft and two counts of resisting an officer.

“This is one of the largest seizures ever in Washington Parish,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. Our narcotics detectives worked hard on this case and are to be commended for their diligence in pursuing this drug dealer until enough evidence could be collected to make the arrest. This investigation continues and any other persons who might be connected with Mr. Bell’s illegal drug activities should consider turning themselves in. Our drug task force officers are not always visible to the public, but I assure you they work diligently, day and night, to identify and arrest drug dealers.”

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