Three suspected drug dealers were arrested by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office last week – all charged with various drug-related offenses.

Sheriff Craig Webre said that Narcotics agents were conducting surveillance in the central area of Lafourche Parish when they observed a traffic violation on La. Highway 1 in Mathews. With assistance from a patrol deputy, they conducted a traffic stop on the car and identified the driver as Dwayne Johns, 29, of Golden Meadow.

Other occupants in the vehicle were identified as Rickey Cheramie, 45, and his wife, Lacie Cheramie, 39, both of Golden Meadow.

Lacie Cheramie was found to be holding suspected heroin in her hand and was later discovered to have several small bags of heroin on her person.

A K-9 unit in the area responded to the scene and alerted authorities to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents found more suspected heroin and paraphernalia determined to belong to Johns and Rickey Cheramie. Agents seized a total of approximately 58.9 grams of heroin during the traffic stop, authorities said.

Through investigation, agents also obtained a search warrant for the Cheramies' home, and while there, more heroin was discovered, as well as digital scales and other drug paraphernalia and cash.

All 3 were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex.

Rickey Cheramie is charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Bail is set at $150,000. Lacie Cheramie is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. Bail is set at $80,000.

Johns was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and bail is set at $75,000.

Citizens are reminded that they can report any drug-related or suspicious activity. Information can be reported directly to the Narcotics section commander, Lieutenant Derek Champagne, at (985) 532-4365 or derek-champagne@lpso.net. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or via the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices.

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