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March 18, 2024

Vulture Gang Members Arrested in St. Tammany

Several suspected members of a locally based criminal organization known as the Vulture Gang “VG” and some of their associates are back in jail following a three-month-long joint investigation by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and Homeland Security Investigations.

On Thursday (March 14, 2024), STPSO detectives and HSI agents executed search warrants at the following residences:

  • The home of 22-year-old Jaylon Terry Carter at the Pinecrest Apartments in Covington
  • The home of 28-year-old Malik Deshawn Anderson, which was being utilized for criminal activity by both Anderson and 25-year-old Diego Montez Smith, in the 800 block of N. Filmore Street in Covington
  • The family residence of 28-year-old Rico Alonzo Bedford, which was being utilized for criminal activity by both Bedford and 30-year-old Mikail Omar Washington, in the 20000 block of Bogue Falaya Avenue in Covington
  • The primary residence of Rico Bedford and his girlfriend, 30-year-old Angelique Monique Domino, in the 100 block of Marylin Drive in Slidell

During their investigation into the VG organization, detectives and agents seized the following illegal items:

  • Approximately 5,700 counterfeit oxycodone tablets containing fentanyl (nearly 2 pounds)
  • Approximately 3 pounds of marijuana
  • 37 Alprazolam tablets (Xanax)
  • 6.1 grams of psilocybin
  • 1.8 grams of amphetamine powder1 oxycodone tablet
  • 1 bottle of promethazine
  • $5,128 in cash
  • Assorted drug paraphernalia indicative of the street level distribution of illegal drugs

As a result, several arrests were made.

  1. Jaylon Terry Carter, who is currently on supervised probation for a previous conviction of possession of a schedule IV controlled dangerous substance and illegal carrying of weapons. 
  2. Diego Montez Smith, who is currently on supervised probation for attempted illegal carrying of weapons, possession of stolen firearms and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. 
  3. Rico Alonzo Bedford, who is currently on supervised probation for possession of cocaine and was out on bond for Racketeering (previous Vulture Gang case), attempted possession of a firearm by convicted felon and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.  
  4. Mikail Omar Washington, who was out on bond for Racketeering (previous Vulture Gang case), attempted second-degree murder and possession of a schedule I controlled dangerous substance. 
  5. Malik Deshawn Anderson 
  6. Angelique Monique Domino 

This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

“We have a great partnership with Homeland Security, and the detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Unit work closely with them to identify those individuals dealing illegal drugs in our community,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “These arrests are because of that strong partnership. Together we want to send a clear message that gang activity will not be tolerated in St. Tammany Parish.”

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