SPRINGHILL, LA (KSLA) - Ten people are facing charges following an undercover drug operation Wednesday night in Springhill, the first of its kind in the town.
Operation Ice Cream was headed up by the Springhill Police Department with assistance from the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office, Bossier City PD, Bossier Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and sheriff's deputies from Union and Columbia counties in Arkansas.
"Well Springhill is a small department so without everyone pitching in and helping out, it wouldn't have been successful," said Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd.
Lynd explained the operation was a reverse sting using a confidential informant offering meth and Xanax bars. Meetings were arranged for the drug deals at a local motel. Police rented out three motel rooms, two were filled with officers utilizing surveillance equipment borrowed from the FBI. The arrests were made after the deals were done with undercover agents. Only one man resisted an arrest, pulling a knife on officers.
According to Lynd, the sting is all part of a 6 month investigation and two weeks worth of planning.
"You know there are several messages we want to send, number 1, we're not out here trying to hurt anybody, we're just doing our jobs and trying to make a safe community for everyone that lives here," said Lynd.
"Number 2 is if you are going to be in that type of activity, don't come to Springhill, don't come to these surrounding areas because we are doing our jobs," he said.
Chief Lynd says the suspects weren't just from Springhill, but all over northwest Louisiana, including Homer, Sarepta and Taylor, and other areas in Webster, Bossier and Claiborne parishes.
Marie Morgan, 56, of Taylor, Ar.
Charged: poss. Sch. IV Xanax and meth
Jake Lewis, 33, of Shongaloo, AR
Charge: resisting arrest and poss of meth
Thomas Welch, 34, of Homer
Poss of Meth and poss drug paraphernalia
Lynn Budwah, 31, of Sarepta
Poss of meth
Amanda Bisceglia, 25, of Plain Dealing
Criminal conspiracy to poss Sch II CDS
Ray "Billy" Gordon, 51, of Plain Dealing
Poss. With intent distribute meth
Mack Cox, 37, of Springhill
Poss of meth and poss of drug paraphernalia
Darnell Harris, 25, of Springhill
Poss with intent to distribute
Starla Largent, 28, of Sarepta
Poss of meth and poss of Clonazepam
Lynn Beene, 57, of Leton, La
Poss of meth and drug paraphernalia
All have been booked into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.