CRIME

St. Amant couple busted by State Police and sheriff

Staff Report

    Louisiana State Police detectives working in conjunction with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a St. Amant couple on Dec. 10 for numerous charges ranging from narcotics distribution to possession of stolen property, spokesperson Sgt. Markus L. Smith said in a release.

    State Police detectives conducted an undercover purchase of prescription Hydrocodone pills from Kenneth and Lena Lessard at their home in St. Amant on Dec. 8. Based on this purchase, a search warrant was obtained for their residence, Smith said.

    State Police and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives returned to the residence with the search warrant and discovered approximately 1,000 dosage units of Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone, Carisoprodol, Alprazolam, and other legend drugs, according to Smith.

    All these medications are suspected by detectives to have been illegally obtained in Texas, Smith said.

    In addition, detectives located $4,524 in currency, a Rolex watch and 20 gift cards from various stores. Detectives believe the gift cards were being used as a money-laundering tool. While executing the search warrant, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s detectives also arrested two additional individuals who arrived on the scene and were in possession of illegal controlled dangerous substances, Smith said.

    During the course of the search, detectives discovered an unusually large amount of power tools, lawn equipment, pressure washers and generators that were stored in a shed located on the property, according to Smith. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s detectives obtained a separate search warrant for the equipment and immediately confirmed one of the pressure washers was stolen, he said.

    Kenneth Lessard, 52, and Lena Lessard, 57, were both arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Prison on four counts of Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance; one count of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance; and two counts of  possession with intent to distribute a Legend Drug.

    Additional charges for possession of stolen property are being investigated by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.