St. Landry

Grand Coteau man arrested on narcotics charges following high speed pursuit

An investigation into possible narcotics trafficking leads to officers being taken on a high speed pursuit.

On May 13th at approximately 2:30 PM hours officers with the Opelousas Police Department’s Special Operations unit attempted to stop a vehicle in regards to an ongoing narcotics investigation.

The vehicle in question refused to obey officers signals to stop and led officers on a high speed pursuit in neighborhoods in the southeast area of Opelousas (Hill area). The suspect then entered onto Interstate 49 and proceeded South, driving at extremely excessive speeds.

Pursing officers ultimately were able to locate the vehicle behind a residence on Mayfield St. in Grand Coteau, La. The suspect, later identified as Jermaine Francis of Township Ln. in Lafayette, La., was found to be in possession of 1.5 pounds of synthetic marijuana, 1 pound of hydroponic marijuana, 30 ecstasy pills, a .380 cal Pistol, approximately $2500.00 in cash and other narcotics related paraphernalia. Francis was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for the following:

  1. (3) Counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics (marijuana, synthetic marijuana & ecstasy)
  2. Aggravated Resisting by flight
  3. Felon in possession of a firearm
  4. Possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS
  5. Transactions involving monies derived from drug proceeds.