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8 arrested as St. Bernard tries to combat surge in heroin use

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Joey Corley of New Orleans (Source: St. Bernard Sheriff's Office) Joey Corley of New Orleans (Source: St. Bernard Sheriff's Office)
From left,  Calogero Carbello, Lt. Clifford "Chip" Englande, and Brandy Prosper From left, Calogero Carbello, Lt. Clifford "Chip" Englande, and Brandy Prosper
CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) -

After a weeklong investigation, St. Bernard officers dismantled a Chalmette heroin operation, and on Tuesday and Wednesday they arrested eight suspected dealers and users, according to Sheriff James Pohlman.

Several bags of heroin, needles and $1,499 in cash was seized.

Joey Corley, 37, of Roger Drive in New Orleans, was booked with heroin distribution after narcotics officers saw him make hand-to-hand deliveries to a woman and man who live at separate addresses on Lloyds Avenue in Chalmette, Pohlmann said. Corley is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison on a $75,000 bond.

Officers had surveillance set up on the home of the woman involved, Brandy Brown, 39, also known as Brandy Prosper. Pohlman said she was already a suspect because she had sold heroin to a confidential informant. The man involved was identified as Randy Alphonso, 43.

The sheriff said while Corley was in custody, two of his customers called his phone to arrange a buy. Joshua Tretler, 29, of Slidell; and Jacklyn Stromain, 36, of Meraux, were subsequently arrested by narcotics officers.

On Wednesday, narcotics agents executed an arrest warrant for Prosper at her home. A search turned up a small amount of heroin and needles. Prosper; her roommate Calogero Carbello, 42; and Robert Allen, 36, who was staying at the house, were all booked with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers also search Alphonso's residence, where he and Christy Paola, 49, were both booked with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pohlmann and Maj. Chad Clark, who heads the Special Investigations Division that includes the Narcotics Unit, said the sheriff's office is battling an upsurge in heroin use. The recent arrests are part of a continuing effort to lock up and/or force heroin dealers from the parish, Pohlman said.

 

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