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Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputies Raid Police Department, Find Money and Drugs Missing

March 19, 2016  | 

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Wednesday his office has taken the unusual step of raiding another law enforcement agency in the parish, citing missing evidence and “sloppy” practices at the Grand Isle (LA) Police Department.

No police officers were arrested after the execution of a search warrant at Grand Isle police headquarters on Tuesday, and Normand stopped short of saying he would bring criminal charges. But the sheriff hinted at broader potential misconduct among officials in the small barrier-island town.

He said his agency’s undercover drug investigations in the area over the past few years, which have resulted in dozens of arrests, have been hampered by interference from the Grand Isle force.

“The island is kind of the end of the world,” Normand said. “Everybody knows everybody; everyone’s related to everybody.”

Grand Isle Police Chief Euris DuBois told the Advocate he was shocked when deputies wielding long guns appeared at his office on Tuesday, and he rejected the sheriff’s allegations of sloppy evidence storage. He also questioned why the Sheriff’s Office, instead of an agency outside the parish, was leading the investigation.

The inquiry into Grand Isle police, meanwhile, could create headaches for the office of Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. Normand said defense attorneys seize upon issues like poor evidence and record-keeping on behalf of clients who have been arrested or convicted based on cases made by sloppy police work.

On Tuesday, while some Jefferson deputies were arresting drug suspects, others surrounded the Grand Isle Police Department, then entered and searched the office.

Deputies found an evidence bag missing 87 grams of marijuana, a department cash box missing $4,000 and a gun in DuBois’ desk, according to Normand.

When investigators asked DuBois who owned the gun, he responded, “I don’t know.”

“It’s just not the way that business should be conducted,” Normand said. “I’m not suggesting that the chief did anything criminal. I don’t know. What we have is a bunch of missing evidence.”

Comments (9)

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kevCopAz @ 3/19/2016 9:50 AM

I agree that if there was a problem in that department perhaps a State of LA agency (Atty General?) would be the one that needed to intercede. Isn't there a POST like board of standers run by the state in LA? This just makes it look like a petty argument between two agencies, both of which look foolish. If there is corruption or sloppy work then have the State of Louisiana handle it, would look much more professional and keep the Parish Atty. out of the fray since they have to work with both departments.

OK then @ 3/20/2016 3:44 PM

One department raids another? Louisiana is an odd place.

Leonard @ 3/21/2016 12:01 PM

@kevCop: Agreed

Chip DeBlock @ 3/25/2016 1:27 PM

We decided to discuss this story on the LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show this week. Here's the link:

John R. Graham @ 3/25/2016 2:18 PM

Simply put, there is enough blame to go around here. The Sheriff Dept. screwed did the Police Department. I suggest it is more of an ego and philosophical differences between the agencies. Perhaps All THE COUNTY AGENCIES BE AUDITED BY AN OUTSIDE AGENCY. Let chips fall where they may. Many a small department has had to fight against a larger department seeking to contract their services. They seek a contract, but never offer to just absorb the calls without compensation. Then again this is just perspective from a simple small town cop (retired).

Mac Anderson @ 3/25/2016 5:43 PM

The Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office (no counties in La.) is the largest agency in Louisiana. Grand Isle P D is one of the smaller agencies, and is located in Jefferson Parish, just south of New Orleans, which is in Orleans Parish. A unique issue down there is access to Grand Isle from the metro area of Jefferson Parish. The round about drive is roughly 100 miles and can take almost 2 hours. Grand Isle is isolated to say the least. Typically the Louisiana State Police would be called on to investigate complaints like this, and possibly the local district attorney, and the state attorney generals office. While JPSO is more than capable of conducting the investigation, it is not the norm. I am a retired Lt. from a larger Louisiana Police Dept. and have a fair working knowledge of the system in Louisiana.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/28/2016 8:56 PM

This is a strange case. I agree, the way it was handled makes it look like a petty quarrel. However I say that none of the Police Officers did anything wrong. Why would the Sheriff even consider charging them.

Percy @ 3/29/2016 3:07 PM

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. says "However I say that none of the Police Officers did anything wrong".

Of course not it must be the civilians involved, oh wait there aren't any.
Boot licker.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/30/2016 1:38 PM

There's no evidence of a crime having been committed. Okay, Percy. No one got arrested, did they?? I must say though, that you have a very intriguing vocabulary. Please, don't start cursing on here, as I will contact the editor about you.

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