J. Shannon Womack
Chief of Police
U.S. Attorney: Nine in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs indicted by federal grand jury, accused of drug trafficking
Four Baton Rouge residents were among those indicted on cocaine charges in “Operation Drop the Hammer” — Darryl Q. Cobb, 33, also known as “Hammer Bob” and “Hammer”; Tabari A. Wilkerson, 37, also known as “T”; Morgan M. Dillon, 33, also known as “Mo”; and Dequincy M. Conley, 39, also known as “Dee Dee.”
Three Denham Springs residents — Thurman Ray Morris, 57; Gerald Norwood Cobb, 63; and Lashonda Desiree Cobb, 31 — and an Albany resident, Troy Lee Albert, 32, also known as “Shine,” also are charged with cocaine offenses.
Those eight defendants also face a conspiracy charge. The indictment alleges the conspiracy spanned from 2009 to October 2013 and involved the use of “stash houses” on Hammond Manor Drive in Baton Rouge, and Maryland and Central streets in Denham Springs.
“My office, together with our federal, state, and local partners, will continue to focus our energies and resources on eradicating drug trafficking organizations and the violence that comes with them,” Green said. “To be clear, dangerous drug dealers will find no safe haven within the federal criminal justice system.”
The remaining defendant, Shabass J. Dantzler, 25, of Springfield, was indicted on a charge of unlawful use of a communications facility.
Darryl Cobb, Wilkerson, Dillon, Morris, Gerald Cobb and Lashonda Cobb also were charged with unlawful use of a communications facility.
Darryl and Lashonda Cobb are siblings, and Gerald Cobb is Darryl Cobb’s uncle, prosecutors said.
Joseph Shepard, the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the New Orleans Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said the indictment and arrests “stand as a warning to those individuals whose greed drives them to pollute the greater Baton Rouge area with poisonous contraband.”
“The message that law enforcement continues to send to drug dealers is, selling drugs will bring an end to your freedom,” he added.
If convicted, each defendant could face significant prison time, fines and restitution, Green said.
The operation is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and Denham Springs Police Department, with assistance from the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department and Louisiana State Police, he said.
Green recognized the team of agents and prosecutors involved in the operation. He specifically cited the “tremendous contribution” of the late Denham Springs motorcycle Officer James E. Foster Jr., who died Dec. 30 from injuries sustained a day earlier while heading to the scene of an accident.
With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the loss of Denham Springs Police Department Officer James Foster. On 12/29/14, at approximately 1730 hours, Officer Foster was responding to a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 12 eastbound. He was riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson south on O’Neal Lane in Baton Rouge when a northbound Honda Accord turned left in front of him at East Riverdale Avenue. Officer Foster was transported to OLOL in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries sustained from the motor vehicle accident the following day at 1536 hours. We ask that you keep Officer Foster’s family in your thoughts and prayers, along with the entire Denham Springs Police Department family during this difficult time.
Please help spread the word that Friends of the Denham Springs Police (a non-profit organization) is accepting contributions for the family of Officer James Foster. Contributions can be made at any First Guaranty Bank to the Friends of the Denham Springs Police account. Contributions can also be mailed to PO Box 2138, Denham Springs, LA 70727. A memorial fund has also been set up at any Capital One Bank, account #5628960536.
100% of all contributions will go to the family.
DSPD would like to congratulate Ofc. Brian Roy and Ofc. Eddie Kay on their graduation from the police academy. Ofc. Roy (left) was elected Sergeant of Arms and Ofc. Kay as class treasurer by the 26th Class of the Captial Area Regional Training Academy. We are excited to introduce them to you and ask that you join us in welcoming them to our Uniform Patrol Division. Congratulations guys & welcome aboard!
Ofc. Roy (l) and Ofc. Kay (r) are pictured above with Lt. Patrick Knab, Lt. Shannon Womack, and Police Chief Scott Jones.
DSPD would like to introduce you to the graduates of our first 2014 Reserve Academy. These officers have gone through approximately 6 months of rigorous training and generously volunteer their time every month to help our department keep the city safe. We are truly grateful for their service and dedication.
Pictured from left to right are Lieutenant Shannon Womack, Chief Scott Jones,
Reserve Officers: Ethan Lott, Brian Roy, Eddie Kay, Jordan Baronich, Brian Zganjar,
and Lieutenant Patrick Knab.
Please join us in congratulating Brett Savant (top) and Wesley Clarkson (bottom) on their recent graduation from the Capital Area Regional Training Academy. Ofc. Savant graduated on 4/1/14 and Ofc. Clarkson on 7/6/14. Welcome to DSPD!
On Tuesday, October 1st, Abundant Life Church welcomed police officers from all over the state and the Denham Springs Fire Department to a lunch banquet hosted at a facility on the property of the Abundant Life Church, located in Denham Springs.
The banquet was hosted by Pastor Richard Beaty, and his wonderful staff, as they honored the men and women that have willingly dedicated their lives to protecting and serving the public.
Officers from the Denham Springs Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ward II Marshall’s Office, and Walker Police Department were present. Denham Springs City Officials (Mayor Jimmy Durban, Chief of Police Scott Jones, and Marshall Jerry Denton) and Livingston Parish Officials (Sheriff Jason Ard, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, and Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks), were also present as they were honored for their vital roles and their exhaustive dedication to their responsibilities.
We would like to encourage everyone to meet and greet law enforcement officials and first responders across the state of Louisiana to express appreciation for their efforts to make our city, state, and country a safe and great place to live!
This morning, Friday, Sept. 20th, Livingston Head Start Home Base Program visited “Kidz Korner Playground,” located at the intersection of S. River Rd. and Government St., for one of their bi-monthly “social events.”
Home Base Teachers and organizers, Linda Dykes and Vanessa Schutz, described “social events” as an educational event involving and within the public. This event was centered around “Seat Belt Safety,” and hosted at the “Kidz Korner Playground.” Cpl. Clifton Brown (pictured) explained seat belt safety and the importance of being properly seated within their car safety seats to both the children and their respective guardians.
Afterwards, the children and their respective guardians were given the opportunity to take photographs of their children on the Police Motorcycles with a Denham Springs Police Officer. The children, Officers, and teachers had a wonderful time.
City officials commended policemen and firemen on Aug. 26 for saving the life of a driver who stopped breathing.
Denham Springs resident Betty Miller developed respiratory problems and car trouble on South Range Avenue just south of I-12 on Aug. 2. Police Cpl. Larian McMurray pushed the vehicle off the road and realized that the driver was “in distress with her breathing,” according to a letter of commendation.
Miller stopped breathing before an ambulance arrived. McMurray, Police Sgt. Paul Golmon, and Amite City Fireman Timothy Verberne, who happened to be passing, kept Miller alive on the side of the road with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until local firemen arrived.
“Prior to Mrs. Miller’s transport to the hospital, her pulse and breathing were restored,” according to the commendation.
Miller, a widow who has lived in Denham Springs 35 years, said she had never been in such a situation before.
She thanked the policemen and firemen who saved her life, and all the others who “work for us every day.”
Fire Chief Melvin Wheat credited the rigorous training required of first responders.
“This is the product of that training,” Wheat said.
Police Chief Scott Jones said he was proud of his officers every day, and the Aug. 2 emergency shows why.