A Mandeville-area couple arrested last month (Click here for that story) on various narcotics charges has had additional charges added after it was learned some of the drugs and supplies used in the creation of the illegal narcotics had been taken from a facility where one of them was employed.
On October 3, 2023, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division conducted a follow up investigation into the arrest of 43 year-old John Joiner and 37 year-old Amanda Flocke that occurred on September 23, 2023.
Through their investigation, detectives determined Flocke was involved in prescription fraud relative to the theft of prescription medication from patients at a skilled nursing center where she was employed. It was further learned that a pill crusher located at the residence during the original search was also stolen from her place of employment.
During the execution of the original search warrant at the residence in the 100 block of Remmy Court on September 23, 2023, Flocke’s children, ages 17, 15, 10 and 3, were present in the home.
In addition to the charges listed in the original release, Flocke has since been booked for the following additional charges: Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory, Prescription Fraud, Illegal use of a CDS in the Presence of Minor (4 counts), and Theft under $1,000.
In addition to the charges listed in the original release, Joiner has since been booked for the following additional charges: Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory and Illegal use of a CDS in the Presence of Minor (4 counts).
It should be noted, during the original search of the home, detectives located fentanyl in the bedroom of Flocke’s 17-year-old son. The juvenile was subsequently arrested and released under a custodial agreement for Proceeds from Drug Transactions and Possession of Schedule II CDS – fentanyl.
“This is an example of how our narcotics detectives do not simply make arrests,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “They go above and beyond to determine where the narcotics are coming from in an effort to track down the supply chains of illegal narcotics into our parish. I applaud these detectives for their continued work on this investigation and their dedication to getting dangerous drugs of the streets.”
Anyone with information about narcotics, or other crimes, can submit an anonymous tip utilizing the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office website (www.stpso.com), or by calling the narcotics tip line (1-888-GO-2-JAIL).