Multi-Agency Operation Helps Dismantle Drug Trafficking Organization

HOUMA, La. – As a result of a multi-agency task force operation dubbed “Operation Déjà Vu,” LSP Detectives along with other agencies arrested five individuals and seized multiple narcotics across several different parishes. Since January 2017, the Louisiana State Police-Criminal Investigations Division, Terrebonne Parish Narcotics Task Force, Houma Police Department-Narcotics Division and the US Dept. of Homeland Security Investigations-Houma Office have been investigating a drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating in Gibson, LA in Terrebonne Parish. The DTO was transporting large amounts of marijuana, cocaine, and prescription pills into Louisiana from Texas and supplying street-level narcotics distributors throughout Terrebonne Parish.

Beginning on October 4, 2017, investigators served 11 search warrants at different residences throughout Terrebonne, St. Mary, and East Baton Rouge Parishes. During the searches investigators seized 18 pounds of marijuana, 2500 Xanax pills, 2 ounces of methamphetamine, 1 ounce of cocaine, 6 handguns, 1 shotgun, 1 AR-15 rifle, 3 vehicles, and over $23,000.00 in US currency.

The following suspects were arrested and booked at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex:

  • Dequenton Ruffin (B/M, 29 yoa) for Drug Racketeering and Distribution of CDS II
  • Wosha Ruffin (B/M, 39 yoa) for Drug Racketeering
  • Decoby Henderson (B/M, 23 yoa) for Drug Racketeering and Distribution of CDS II
  • Edward Thomas Jr. (B/M, 63 yoa) for Possession With Intent to Distribute CDS II
  • Gillissa Clark (B/F, 30 yoa) for Obstruction of Justice

This is an ongoing investigation, and additional arrests and seizures are pending as the investigation continues. The St. Mary Parish SO, East Baton Rouge Parish SO, Morgan City PD, and Texas DPS also assisted in the investigation. LSP sections that assisted included: Insurance Fraud, FUSION Center, Aviation, CID-Region 2-Breaux Bridge & Lake Charles, CID-Region 1-Baton Rouge and Criminal Patrols Unit.

The collaborative efforts displayed between all agencies involved in this operation is a perfect example of how coordinated law enforcement efforts can benefit the communities we serve. Partnerships between law enforcement agencies have shown that sharing information, resources, and personnel are key to ridding our streets of crime. Citizens also play a vital role in helping to reduce crime, and law enforcement relies heavily on information received from individuals. If you have information related to any crime, you are urged to contact Louisiana State Police or your local law enforcement agency.