Five arrested on drug charges in parish

Published 12:22 am Friday, August 5, 2016

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested five people Wednesday near Vidalia and charged them with manufacturing and selling drugs while children lived in their residence.

Wednesday’s arrests come after deputies arrested four area men Tuesday when attempting to serve a warrant near Ferriday.

Deputies arrived at at 822 Moose Lodge Road Wednesday evening with a search warrant and found six adults and four children, three of them young, said sheriff’s office spokesman Vernon Stevens. Inside, the deputies allegedly found a large amount of marijuana, methamphetamine and several ecstasy pills, Stevens said.

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Also in the residence were tools that could be used for distribution of drugs, including scales and baggies, Stevens said.

Booked Thursday morning was Jonquille Bradley, 31, 822 Moose Lodge Road, Vidalia. Booked Wednesday night were Lavanda C. Madison, 27, 708 Demby St., Anthony Lee Litt, 28, 822 Moose Lodge Road, Johnathan L. Washington, 20, 9 Alabama St., and Jordan Richard Thomas, 18, 210 McCoy Lane.

All five were charged with possession of schedule I drugs with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts possession of schedule II drugs with intent and three counts cruelty to a juvenile.

Earlier in the week, deputies went to search Jimmie Ray Jackson’s residence at 111 Lemon St., and found a truck blocking access to the road, Stevens said. As they exited their vehicles to approach, the deputies reportedly witnessed John Bennett Fudikar III, 40, 171 Live Oak Road, Monterey, throw a small baggie into the truck.

Christopher J. Bowman and Tony Eldridge were also allegedly on the scene, Stevens said. Stevens said Eldridge’s truck was the one reportedly blocking the road.

Stevens said deputies searched the vehicle and allegedly found methamphetamine inside.

Deputies allegedly found Jackson in illegal possession of a hunting rifle along with drugs, crystal meth and ecstasy pills. Jackson also allegedly had Lidocaine.

Deputies also searched Fudikar’s Live Oak Road residence after one of the arrestees reportedly said he bought drugs from Fudikar. At Fudikar’s residence, Stevens said deputies found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, pipes and scales.

Jackson, 45, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying of weapons and possession of controlled substances, possession of schedule II drugs with intent, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule V drugs, open container and obstructing justice.

Fudikar, 40, was charged with possession of schedule II drugs with intent and obstruction of justice.

Bowman, 30, 3914 Louisiana 565, Jonesville, was charged with of possession of schedule II drugs with intent.

Eldridge, 25, 2111 Douglas St., Leesville, La., was charged with obstructing public passage, improper equipment, possession of schedule II drugs with intent and driving under a suspension.

Bradley, Madison, Thomas, Washington, Litt, Jackson and Fudikar were all in jail Thursday with no bond.

Bowman and Eldridge were in Jail Thursday with $40,000 and $45,000 bonds, respectively.