LPD: 4 arrested during drug raid

LaGRANGE — After a two-month undercover drug operation, investigators with the LaGrange Police Department arrested four people Wednesday inside a home in the 200 block of Union Street.

Latarsha Sheree Brooks, 42, Michael Paul Boddie, 30, Kevin Artavious Green, 22, and Johnny Lee McMullins, 59, all of LaGrange, were taken into custody at approximately 1:30 p.m. by investigators with the LPD’s Special Investigation Unit.

SIU members executed a search warrant on the home after receiving several complaints about people allegedly selling and buying drugs from the residence, said Sgt. Mark Cavender, head of the SIU team.

Inside the house, Cavender stated investigators discovered between 10-15 grams of cocaine individually packaged, as if to be sold, and a total of 40 oxycodone and hydrocodone prescription pills.

As officers entered the house, Green allegedly attempted to get rid of the evidence, Cavender said.

The search warrant was issued after SIU investigators placed the home under surveillance and reportedly watched several drug deals happen, according to officials.

“(The suspects) were running curb-side service,” Cavender said. “A car would pull up beside the house and someone would run out and hand off the drugs. … We had people on bikes that would go to certain places in the city, go back to the house, get the drugs, and then go back to that same place and sell them.”

McMullins allegedly and unknowingly sold drugs to an undercover LPD officer, according to Cavender.

“(The suspects) were very brazen about what they were doing,” he said. “It was a constant thing. It’s not like they would sell drugs one day and take a few days off. They sold drugs everyday … and all of this was taking place within a stone’s throw of a day care … they had no regard for safety.”

The home on Union Street backs up to the Teaching, Loving, Caring Preschool in the 400 block of East Depot Street. The house is also just a few blocks away from Calumet Park.

Brooks and Boddie were each charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of a drug-free park, possession of drug-related items, possession with the intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics (oxycodone and hydrocodone), and possession with the intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics within 1,000 feet of a drug-free park, Cavender said.

Green was charged with possession of cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of a drug-free park and tampering with evidence, according to the LPD.

McMullins was charged with possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine, Cavender stated.

Additional charges and more arrests are possible as the investigation continues, Cavender said.

Arrests made after 2-month investigation

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She can be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.