Prostitution, drugs and more among Bossier arrests

Bossier City, LA (KSLA)- Four people were arrested in Bossier Parish on Wednesday night on several charges that range from the promotion of prostitution to distribution of drugs to money laundering to racketeering.

Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen said the arrests were made following a four-month investigation conducted by the Bossier Sheriff's Office.

"When people cross the line and break the law in Bossier Parish, there is a price to pay," said Deen.  "Our investigators and our undercover narcotics agents patiently worked this case and have taken down some criminals who thought they were above the law.  But, the truth is, no one is above the law."

Arrested were Arthur J. Mathews, 52, of the 500 block of Glenwood, Tara Marie Echols, 39, also of the 500 block of Glenwood, Raymond H. Moore, 55, of the 300 block of Crosscreek and Danielle Wood, 31, of the 2600 block of West Cavett.

Bossier Sheriff's investigators said the agency's undercover narcotics agents bought drugs from Mathews, Echols and Moore at various times during the investigation.  On several occasions, Mathews and Nichols offered to provide prostitutes for the agents.

Mathews owned a limousine company, Executive Rides, and Echols was a driver for him.  Mathews and Moore owned a number of taxi cabs that were subcontracted by Action Taxi of Bossier City.

Mathews, Echols and Moore often provided their fares with drugs, while Mathews and Echols also sometimes provided prostitutes.  Bossier Sheriff's investigators say the owner of Action Taxi was unaware of the illegal activities that Mathews and Moore were conducting in the cabs.

So far, the Bossier Sheriff's Office, under court seizure, has impounded fourteen taxi cabs and one limousine, and is in the process of attempting to seize Mathews' residence and Moore's residence.  The vehicles and the houses are being seized because they were used in the illegal acquisition of revenue from drugs and prostitution.  As the investigation continues, more seizures are expected.

All four arrestees are being held at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility.  Mathews' bond has been set at $205,000, Echols' at $130,000, Moore's at $260,000 and Wood's at $500.