Joint effort brings down alleged drug dealer

Ecstasy tablets – around 770.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A joint effort between Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and Minden Police Department ended in 2 arrests and confiscation of a large amount of drugs.

Anthony Damon Souice, 62, of the 800 block of Mignon St., Minden, was arrested and charged with possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.

Lashonda Thornton, 43, of the 100 block of George St., Minden, is charged with 2 counts of resisting an officer.

Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said investigators and detectives conducted a search warrant at the Mignon St. address as the result of a long-term investigation.

“Around mid-morning Thursday, we got with Minden PD and conducted the search,” Parker said. “We seized 770 Ecstasy tablets, which is pretty significant in our area, and we seized about 9 grams of marijuana.”

Total street value is estimated at around $8,000.

Parker said Souice was arrested without incident, however, Thornton refused to comply with officers and after a brief struggle, was placed into custody.

“The search of the residence yielded the Ecstasy pills in a plastic container in the sitting room,” said the sheriff. “Both subjects denied knowledge of narcotics in the residence and refused to answer questions without an attorney.”

When Sgt. Josh McCormick attempted to handcuff Thornton at the sheriff’s office, she reportedly resisted again, telling deputies she was injured. She was transported to Minden Medical Center Emergency Room, treated and released into custody.

Thornton and Souice were booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

WPSO investigators on the case were Bobby Igo III, Phillip Krouse, Shawn Jenkins and Marvin Garrett. MPD detectives included Shane Griffith and Kenneth James. Parker said the investigation had been on-going for months.

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