Thirty arrested in Friday drug bust

Published 12:03am Wednesday, March 7, 2012

FERRIDAY — A yearlong joint investigation among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies titled “Delta Blues” culminated with 30 arrests Friday afternoon in Ferriday.

The investigation targeted narcotics sales and neighborhood gang activity in the Ferriday area, said Robert King, supervisory senior resident agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Alexandria and Monroe.

Apart from the 30 state and federal arrests made, the investigation led to the seizure of 8 ounces of crack cocaine, a half kilo of powdered cocaine, 20 pounds of marijuana, firearms, currency and three vehicles.

The neighborhood gang investigations targeted a local gang called the Sixth Street Boys based out of Ferriday, King said.

The FBI in partnership with the Safe Streets Task Force in Alexandria, joined forces with state and local law enforcements agencies including the U.S. Marshals, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Concordia Narcotics Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Louisiana State Police Department and Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office to conduct the investigations and make all arrests.

King said the yearlong investigations included keeping constant communication with all agencies involved and a variety of sophisticated police techniques.

Sheriff Randy Maxwell said the operation was a huge success and that he was glad to see longtime dealers off the streets.

“It was a great success and the reason was because of the great cooperation with all of the agencies,” Maxwell said. “We got a lot of the big time players and longtime dealers in the parish.”

While the arrests slowed down the narcotics and gang activity in the parish, Maxwell said that unfortunately the cycle will continue.

“We just have to keep going and work every day because it never ends,” Maxwell said. “It’s truly a sad cancer on our society. It never stops.”

 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TR5WVPT5FNH5RE2I7TXLIUPZU Lisa W

    My dad owned a store in Ferriday that is probably the reason he’s no longer here. It took them a year to do this??? I was pregnant with my son that will be 16 this November when I pulled up and  no less that 6 people were smoking weed in the parking lot. I got out of my car and told them to leave and they laughed at me. It was a constant problem. I don’t wonder why my dad died. I know.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry for your loss. A “community” is doomed whenever it devolves to such a pitiful state that these animals can smoke marijuana in plain view with no repercussions. The removal of 30 is just a good start. The number should be as many as 300. I wonder how many “stooges” were created during this STING who were let off to provide information?

  • Anonymous

    Its a conspiracy! Its a conspiracy! Just trying to take away the “vote” from the thugs rights….lol

  • Anonymous

    One whole year, half the law enforcement in La. and this is the haul they brought in????. Still all those well known biggies out there. What a war they all have on their hands!!!!. Names of the thirty please………

  • Anonymous

    Hey folks, Im just reminding you all that there are not enough comments on the home invasion robbery that took place in Vidalia a couple of days ago. Whats more scary, a home invasion in an up and coming town where your relatives may live or a drug bust in a no hope town where you know or care about no one?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    The church crime marchers of Natchez need to get with Ferriday and Fayette to get permits for crime marching parades ASAP!!!! Gosh” you’ll do so good!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    dont ever think vidalia isnt scary…you are so right erniefrank

  • Anonymous

    Names, pictures and police file on all of them…

  • Anonymous

    There were comments on that article…the person who was robbed knew his three “acquaintences”…there is more to that story

  • Anonymous

    Want to really understand the mentality of Ferriday? Check out what the residents had to say to the news team of KALB about this. Is there any wonder that town in gone crazy?

    http://www.kalb.com/story/17085038/fbi-drug-bust-in-ferriday

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6GORZYRWFYYKHDDQTKYJTWXN3Y Shalonda

    The video only shows the mentality of three Ferriday residents, not of the town as a whole…. Those being interviewed were definitely not speaking on my behalf!!!

  • Anonymous

    They don’t live in MS, so their mug shots won’t serve as voter ID.

  • Anonymous

    If they’d legalize drugs, it’d put the Poe-lease and the drug dealers out of business.  This is insanity.  Legalize it.  Spend our hard-earned tax dollars on something that matters.   99 percent of the crime in this country — in this world — is drug related.  Make drugs legal and you’d be amazed at how different our world would be.

  • Anonymous

    It’s just typical!

  • Anonymous

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    As strange as this is going to sound, you are in the minority. Most I have seen and talked to have the mentality that they shouldn’t be held accountable to the laws they consider “white” laws. From the leaders of the community, with the exclusion of a very few, all the way down, most think they can ignore the law and then when caught will yell racism. Justin Conner himself, talks about how the white people work to keep the black people down, and then breaks the law with voter fraud, gets away with it, so what does he do? He hits a truck in Ferriday and runs to Natchez to avoid the cops. 

    What does Ferriday lack? People who are willing to take personal responsibility for their own choices, or willingness to accept the consequences for their poor choices. Instead they all want is to blame everyone else.

    So Shalonda, if you can rise above all of the slime and sludge that fills that town and have pride in yourself enough to not follow the crowd, you have my admiration and best wishes for a life filled with blessings.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6GORZYRWFYYKHDDQTKYJTWXN3Y Shalonda

     Jammin1, I’m not familiar with the incidents you refer to.  Then again, I also fall into another group of minorities… people who aren’t easily amused by the personal lives of others.  I’m also not really familiar with the statistics.  However, I find it hard to believe that Ferriday’s majority consists of low-lives, drug addicts/dealers, and irresponsible citizens.  I’m not a part of the “Natchez Democrat Debate Team,” but I did feel the need to comment this time. 

    There are approximately 3,000 citizens in Ferriday.  I have not completed any surveys or gathered any data on the mindset of the citizens; therefore, I’m unable to provide you with any numbers.  However, I’m not prepared to say that at least 1,501 people lack morals and accountability.  My parents raised me to be accountable, take responsibility, and accept consequences for my own actions.  My goal as a parent is to instill those same values in my children. Unfortunately, the irresponsibility you speak of is found everywhere.

    About that video… If I walked into a beauty shop and interviewed three women, can I then report that all of Ferriday’s citizens are women?  If I visit three churches and interview the pastors, is there any accuracy in stating that everyone in Ferriday is a pastor?  My only opinion on the matter is that the article/video does not represent the views or mentality of this community as a whole.  I know that what I’m saying does not matter to you, nor will it change your opinion.  My only purpose was to clear the air and make you aware that the “entire community” does not wish to be categorized according to what you witnessed in the video.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda hard to read or remark on the story when I just spent 15 minutes looking for it and can’t find it!!

  • Anonymous

    Police investigating bedroom robbery
    Published 12:06am Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • Anonymous

     lol!  The mindsets of people like you and Ernie are why Ferriday is in the shape its in.  Ferriday is a third-world stinky little welfare hole and Vidalia is a prospering city on the move.  Ernie had to lie to make his point.  It wasn’t even a home invasion.  Likely it was just one druggie stealing from another druggie he hung out with.  If you have to lie to make a point, you don’t have one.

  • Anonymous

    Of course I can’t put words in Mr Conner’s mouth, but it seems that some of the people in Ferriday are just doing what is necessary to survive in a place that has so few options available them while watching decent lines of work being readilly available to others.  This type of survivalist mentality was created by the culture in which the people of that area have lived for generations. 

  • Anonymous

     Survivalist mentality? You kidding me right? Who is stopping them? Who is denying them anything? My point has just been made for me by your post Noseashell.

    Everyone else is at fault for the fact that it is easier to sling dope, rob businesses and hang out on the streets than to get an education, learn a trade and go find a job. Can’t find a job? Start your own business. They have to WANT to be more than they are.

    “so few options available them while watching decent lines of work being readilly available to others”
    How can they get a decent line of work if they won’t get the education needed to do the job?  NOBODY starts at the top. We have all had to start at the bottom and work our way up.
    There is that word again, WORK. Why work when you can get it handed to you?

  • Anonymous

    this is clearly the result of generations of oppresive socialization, segregation and ignorance.  You only have yourselves to blame for things being the way it is and has been for as long as any of us can remember.  The problem that resulting in all this did not start yesterday nor did they start it.

  • Anonymous

    jammin1, There are people like you in academia, at trade schools and on jobs who systematiclly oppress decent people doing all the things that you suggest.  And you still try and box them into the same category as you are doing with ALL the people in Ferriday.

  • Anonymous

     “We just have to keep going and work every day because it never ends,”
    Maxwell said. “It’s truly a sad cancer on our society. It never stops.”

    Funny, I say the same thing about government.

  • Anonymous

    jammin1…despite what others may want us to believe, this video shows the TRUE colors of those living in the hood. These thugs were dealing drugs out in the open….KNOWN to everyone in the area. Ferriday has devolved into a sub-culture of immorality, drugs, crime and “gets mines”. Its sickening to see those that place more importance on “frontin” the thug lifestyle with no fear or consequence. These devolved animals seek out their next victims in robbery, drug sales, theft…anything to “gets mines”. When citizens get enough and start returning gunfire, maybe then we’ll see some signs of hope…until then…Ferriday….”thug-on”

  • Anonymous

    OMG…I know you just didn’t! Are you actually making excuses for these thugs?

    Work is available everywhere. You just have to possess the skills, education and the will to work. There is a HUGE boon in Oil & Gas in Northwest Louisiana and South Texas…can’t get enough workers.

    And as far as “the people of that area have lived for generations”….yes…”ENTITLEMENTS”

  • Anonymous

    “people in Ferriday are just doing what is necessary to survive in a
    place that has so few options available them while watching decent lines
    of work being readilly available to others.”

    You mean like at Vidalia Apparel whose workforce is almost completely black?  Maybe you mean the new prison they built outside Natchez?  No, that’s almost exclusively employed by blacks as well.  What exactly do you mean? Please provide examples of where white folks are getting jobs that blacks aren’t.  I provided examples of the opposite.  Can you name ANY large employers like that in the entire state with 98% white employees?  No, you cant.  I can’t point you to numerous ones whose workers are overwhelmingly black, though.

  • Anonymous

    “people like you in academia, at trade schools and on jobs who systematiclly oppress decent people”

    Name one person…by name…clearly spelled out for all to see…who has “oppressed” anyone in today’s modern lawful society. Just one…

  • Anonymous

     Man, that person has been so brainwashed it is barely a person anymore.  You can’t reason with people void of reason.  He takes “blame whitey” to a whole new level.

  • Anonymous

    there is no need to when you just showed yourself by making that threatening comment.

  • Anonymous

    “clearly the result of generations of oppresive socialization, segregation and ignorance”

    I agree entirely with you statement…but it is ALL self-inflicted by choice.

    “You only have yourselves to blame for things being the way it is and has been for as long as any of us can remember”

    Who be “YOU”? And just how is it ANYBODY else’s fault but those that purposely choose the ghetto lifestyle?

    “The problem that resulting in all this did not start yesterday nor did they start it”

    Exactly right. It started with their previous generations, their “baby mama”…it started when an animal sub-culture developed based upon “entitlements” and “gets mines” attitude. This has been building for the last 40 years…and will continue to grow worse with each additional welfare baby.

  • Anonymous

     Black people oppress themselves because they have found profit and political power in doing so.

  • Anonymous

    It would be hilarious if it weren’t so true…take a ride along ANY of the Ferriday “hoods”…it is worse than any 3rd world country by far…and devolving more every day.

  • Anonymous

    I am aware that everyone there is not unemployed and, but there are those who are judged as unfit long before their skills, education and willingness to work are accessed.

  • Anonymous

    Not from your area

  • Anonymous

    He doesn’t have a choice…he’s been “indoctrinated”…just like AIDS…there’s no known cure

  • Anonymous

    “Black people oppress themselves”….yes, that’s true…but not for Herman Cain and many others like him who work to get where they are today. Labeling “Black people” into one group also includes those who happen to be born into a race with a animalistic sub-culture…but do not subscribe or support thuggery. To all Black people who work to provide for your family…you have my respect and admiration. To the thugs…don’t come knocking on my door.

  • Anonymous

    That is not a threatening comment…I simply used YOUR words and asked you to name just one person…and you didn’t answer because you CAN’T…it is a figment of your indoctrination.

  • Anonymous

    “They” be hiring anyone who be work…it be hard work…but be pay good.

    “Why be that?” Because dey needs people be work.

  • Anonymous

    Short quip excuses and jabs. Speak about facts…if you can.

  • Anonymous

    You went back and edited your comment to something totally different after my post…typical.

  • Anonymous

     Sadly, folks like Herman Cain are the exceptions instead of the rule.  Instead of taking cues from from the success of the likes of Herman Cain, Col. Allen West, Neil deGrasse Tyson or a host of other accomplished black Americans, this guy just trumpets the hard-left, hard-racist nonsense that racists before has taught him.  He is a walking example of what is known in the world of sociology as “projection”.

  • Anonymous

     Then in what way are you qualified to speak about the residents of Ferriday and the conditions in which they choose to live??? 

  • Anonymous

    “projection” here has a double meaning…as from the “projects”

  • Anonymous

    I have never held anyone back from achieving. Fact is I worked my way through all of the “oppression” you spoke about just to prove people wrong about me and my abilities! 

    For as long as  my health held out I took an active interest in the community and made sure my voice was heard.  I volunteered time every week to help children so they could see that there were other ways to live.

    You are the oppressor here Noseashell. You are the one whispering in their ear the words you just posted to me.

  • Anonymous

    Go to Youtube and type in Ferriday. It is quite an education.

  • Anonymous

    Oh no…can’t do that…You Tube is racist…it only portrays the good lawful citizens of Ferriday in a bad way…it victimizes the oppressed…it steals their freedom of expression and speech…surely you’re not promoting such vile and willful exploitation of a few to cast a bad light on those who can’t help themselves.

    NOT!!!

  • Anonymous

    Like it or not, That’s a common problem in today’s society.  It’s not just happening in Ferriday. Everyone is definitely not involved and does not want to be characterized as such just because of where they live.  Instead of returning gunfire, how about taking a look at your environment as a whole and take the necessary steps to make it better for all.

  • Anonymous

    my profession

  • Anonymous

    The facts I have are the attitude of a few commenters on this article.  If I were to judge everyone in your area based on your comments alone, its seems that the problem is with you attempting to portray everyone on this town as lowlifes when you could be coming up with a viable solution to the problem.  Ones that will not lead to more problems.

  • Anonymous

    You talk about typical.  Is this the type of condescending verbage that they would be subjected after getting hired.  If so, then you can understand why they don’t bother.

  • Anonymous

    Mespelled something, the content is still the same.

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever been to Ferriday?  Think “American Mogadishu”.  

  • Anonymous

    Screenwriter or author of other works of fiction?  Come on, don’t be so cryptic.

  • Anonymous

    Intentional ambiguity reflects a very very weak stance

  • Anonymous

    I have a viable solution for you…REMOVE THE THUG SUB-CULTURE that is so viciously embraced within the “community”…hows that?

  • Anonymous

    “Is this the type of condescending verbage that they would be subjected after getting hired”

    No, no one in the workplace can lawfully berate employees with condescending verbage. I have not heard of ONE workplace lawsuit…not ONE…where someone was kept from making a lawful wage by “condescending verbage”.

    And guess what….YOU can’t find one either. You’re living in a fantasy world based purely upon your indoctrination.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how long it will take before cursing and name-calling begins and these comments on this article are disabled?

  • Anonymous

    If you’re not from “your area”…then just what “area” are you from? And what makes you think you can comment on something that you obviously don’t know ANYTHING about?

  • Anonymous

    I have taken the necessary steps in MY environment…I do not tolerate thuggery of any kind. I do not tolerate gunfire in my neighborhood. I do not turn a blind eye to crime. I do not tolerate the open sale of illegal drugs. If I suspect illegal activity, I report it. If I witness illegal activity, I report it and make sure to give my name as a prospective witness. I pay my taxes. I work to provide for my family. I aggressively protect my family from thugs, punks, criminals and harm of any kind. I do not compromise my morals, values, upbringing or future to accomondate ANYBODY. I do not go out looking for trouble, but will not run from it.

  • Anonymous

    ALL self-inflicted? Why was that Morris fellow’s shoe shop burned to the ground way back when.  He also died because of the fire.  Why was his business destroyed?  But he’s only one case though huh?  Or are there more?  Maybe his family members decided it was too risky to start a business of their own.  What if his business had made it and others followed his lead.  What if people back then didn’t have to worry about those kinds of consequences.  Maybe today it would be different.  Maybe families would have something to pass down to their future generations, the people you talk about now. But you will make excuses for this situation and say that was long ago and we should have recovered by now.  But really, i want to know why YOU think his business was burned down, justify that act. 

  • Anonymous

    You’re still living in the past. You just can’t let go. It defines you…therefore you must rant and rave and dig up things from the past.

    Crime is crime. Then or now. The subject at hand is “now”. Either get over the fact that crimes of the past are in the past OR face the reality that no matter how hard you decry racism…it just doesn’t exist in today’s world.

  • Anonymous

    No, killing black business owners long ago in Ferriday and surrounding areas and having the law enforcement participate in and cover up the crimes is why Ferriday is like it is, and Natchez, and anywhere there was a strong support for the “hoods”  It started LONG ago, you are just seeing the results the perpertrators wanted.  Do you notice that places where…let me stop, its was not in your best interest to learn about this type of history.  I’ll say it anyway, places that supported the “hoods” long ago have a strong crime problem now because the people with potential left those places to escape “hood” violence and the people who are somewhat helpless due to low intelligence and understanding are left to survive with what they have.  We still lost in the end because when we moved up north to work in the factories, they (factories) were eventually moved to Canada for cheaper labor.  Please dont call me a lier either, this is the true history of members of my family.

  • Anonymous

    No sir, I don’t lie.  You DID NOT go on and on saying bad things about the people in that article.  That was my point.  The denial you will speak of soon is the same as a lie. 

  • Anonymous

    They done shut the whole hood down.

  • Anonymous

    LOL…isn’t that just a HOOT…cut into their illegal activity…they had to “step”

  • Anonymous

    Really, what compels you to rant about the “community” its not YOUR community?  Why are you so intent on saying “hood code of silence” its not your hood.  Your comments consist (are full of) of racial slurs.  ”Cism” doesn’t exist in progressive places, but THIS place, oh yea its alive and well in you and your followers. I know what your problem is.  You werent old enough to perform the REAL civic duty your elders participated in.  You’re not hoping the “community” gets better, you hope someone gives you a reason to shoot them.  Then you will be able to justify performing that said “civic duty.”

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this straight…it is EVERYONE else’s fault and you must re-interpret just certain segments of history and twist details of fate and economic change to explain away “the true history of members of my family”.

    How convenient.

  • Anonymous

    Man you don’t even live around people, most likely down a 1 lane gravel road on land owned by your family.  THATS why your opinions are meaningless.  You don’t live under normal circumstances.  Remember, you’re 50 something, you would have left “dem screets” long ago. You’re throwing rocks up and out of your nest knowing they will drop on someone while you sit confidently knowing that no one can throw one back at you.  But if i were lonely and had no social interaction, i would do the same thing…..NOT

  • Anonymous

    Stop drinking the Kool-Aid…its gone rancid and is affecting your ability to think rationally

  • Anonymous

    Your fantasy world is coming apart at the seams along with your misguided assumptions…rant on…it speaks volumes

  • Anonymous

    Fantasy?  Apparently your world is the one coming apart, you seem to have the most to say about everything that doesn’t suit your agenda. You really feel what im saying and it hurts doesn’t it… I have tissue for you.  AGAIN you’re lonely and have little or no social interaction except for this site, it shows.  Haven’t seen your comments today, I wonder why? 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know where you get the fault stuff from, i replied by explaining how places now are a reflection of things that happened a while ago.  The rest of what you are saying is a bunch of words that make you feel smart because they fit into  a sentence.  You have just shown that you care more about denial and making political sounding statements than gaining knowledge, wisdom, and understanding from people different from you.  I sometimes find things we agree on, but you have no interest in bettering yourself and understanding anyone else’s struggle.  All you can say is blame game this, excuse that, enable them here, entitlements there EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Do you get any enjoyment out of anything?  Is there ever a good day for you?  If these articles bother you so much, why bother reading? Cause its convenient?

  • Anonymous

    Everything i say makes sense.  You and I know what will make you happy.  For someone to give you a reason to “chootem.”

  • Anonymous

    Not hardly…what would make me happy is for everyone to give me absolutely no reason to “chootem”

  • Anonymous

    Not hardly. My world is just fine…other than high taxes, ever increasing federal and state deficits, ballooning “entitlement” rolls, rampant illegal immigration, etc.

    As far as my social interaction…you’re completely off base…but then again, those rose colored glasses do tend to distort reality.

  • Anonymous

    No, you’re attempting to revise history and recent events to explain away (blame) someone else for any short comings you may have experienced.
     
    Bad things happen to good people all the time. Its called life. When a baby is born, it is not issued a certificate of perpetuaal care. The only guarentee that we all have is provided by the Constitution and the good Lord above.
     
    Anything that happens contrary to our wants, needs or desires does not mean that someone is out to get us. Quite the contrary. Nothing in life is FREE. It costs someone…somewhere.
     
    As far as bettering myself, I worked hard to receive my college degree and worked even harder at every opportunity to provide for my family. There were no shortcuts…no guarantees. I struggled along the way, but I achieved.

  • Jeff Smith

    “places now are a reflection of things that happened a while ago.”  If this were true then Germany should be a horrible place to live because of what took place in WW2 yet,  I lived there from 98-02 and it was amazing.