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February 15, 2023

Valentine's Day Crackdown in Lacombe Area Yields Drugs, Guns, & Cash (Over $500,000)

It wasn’t a happy Valentine’s Day for the players in a Lacombe-area drug operation thanks to the work of detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and the Louisiana State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force (Region 1). However, it was a clear win for St. Tammany residents as a large cache of illegal narcotics, stolen guns and drug proceeds was taken off the streets and three big players responsible for distributing dangerous narcotics in our parish are now behind bars.

In March 2022, while working with State Police, STPSO Narcotics detectives began an investigation
into subjects believed to be distributing large quantities of several types of illegal narcotics in St. Tammany Parish.  Detectives were able to identify the members of a drug trafficking organization operating out of residences in the Lacombe area led by Lacombe resident Reginald Schneider.  Detectives then tied Schneider to other individuals involved in the operation – Willie Wilson, Kimberly Kerr and Miranda Moran.

Tuesday (February 14, 2023) afternoon, detectives conducted a traffic stop in the Lacombe area on a
black Chevrolet pick-up truck occupied by Wilson and Kerr. Inside that vehicle detectives located 28.2 grams of suspected crack cocaine and an assortment of drug paraphernalia. Following that traffic stop, detectives with the State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force and the STPSO Narcotics Division simultaneously executed search warrants at residences located on Berry Todd Road, Janet Street and Dinkins Drive, all in the Lacombe area. State Police K9 Boyca was used during those searches.

As part of the nearly year-long operation, detectives recovered approximately 178.4 grams of suspected cocaine, approximately 58.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine, approximately 23.9 grams of suspected fentanyl, 66 dosage units of suspected oxycodone, approximately 85.4 grams of suspected marijuana and an assortment of drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also recovered eight firearms, four of which were reported stolen.

At the Dinkins Drive residence, detectives also recovered a camera system, a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, a GMC Sierra pick-up truck, a red Polaris RZR side-by-side and close to a half million dollars in suspected drug proceeds. The vehicles were being used by Schneider, Wilson, Kerr and Moran to traffic drugs in and around the Lacombe area.

Reginald P. Schneider (age 57),  Willie L. Wilson (age 48), Kimberly Kerr (age 52), and Miranda J. Moran (age 48) were arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on numerous drug and weapons charges. 

“Due to the diligence of our detectives and the excellent working relationship we have with the State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force, four of our area’s biggest drug dealers are now behind bars and a very large quantity of dangerous drugs will never hit the streets of St. Tammany Parish,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I commend and thank everyone who worked on this operation. We will continue our work to identify and arrests those individuals who are bringing drugs into our community.”

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