22 arrested in Covington in undercover drug investigation

David Blake
September 27, 2018 - 2:17 pm

In a press conference today, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith revealed that his Narcotics Task Force successfully conducted an undercover operation in the West 30s neighborhood of Covington that led to 22 arrests of men and women charged with drug related offenses.

"We were asked by community leaders in June of this year to intervene and help remove a dangerous element from this North Covington neighborhood," Sheriff Smith said. "For two months, I had St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives establish surveillance, interview numerous confidential informants, execute undercover purchases, and execute search warrants."

Captain Lee Scott told WWL First News that this area, called the West 30s, has had some serious problems including a near riot.

''In the area of North Columbia street and a convenience store that resulted in three people going to the hospital, including one person stabbed in the head,'' Lee said.

Lee added that several suspects are still on the loose and the round up of drug dealers will continue.

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