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The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a mid-level drug dealer in south Lafourche.

Thomas Cedatol Jr., 46, of Galliano, was arrested on Oct. 5 after agents found drugs in his vehicle at a traffic stop.

On October 5, 2021, LPSO narcotics agents were conducting surveillance in the Galliano area when they observed a vehicle traveling on La. Highway 1 without a license plate.

Agents conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Cedatol, who was known to be a suspected mid-level drug dealer in the south Lafourche area.

A narcotics K-9 unit at the scene alerted authorities to the possible presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

During a search, authorities located a large bag containing several smaller bags of suspected narcotics. This included approximately 29.1 grams of meth, 1.9 grams of suspected heroin, 20.5 Xanax pills, 3 lorazepam pills and other substances.

The suspect was arrested and booked in the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, heroin and Xanax. He is also charged with possession of a Schedule IV CDS, no driver's license and no license plate.

Bail is set at $650,200.

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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