Monday, November 18, the Rayne Police Department concluded a month long investigation into a heroin distribution ring.

Rayne Police officers executed a search warrant at 603 Fourth Street.  Police say the home was inhabited by Matthew Paul Morace and Lucricia Bourque.

Officers say they found 14 grams of high-grade heroin, packaging material, stolen items that were being traded in exchange for heroin along with drug paraphernalia.  Police say they also confiscated $4,284.

Morace and Bourque were both charged with:

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Stolen Things
  • Transactions Involving Proceeds from Controlled Dangerous Substance Transactions

Chief Stelly says they seized the money derived from drug sales. Chief Stelly says,

"Heroin is a serious threat to this community that will not be tolerated. Heroin is devastating to people who use it and their families. We will not allow it to get a foot-hold in this community. The money seized will be utilized to combat narcotics in the future. In addition, it is a powerful tool we use to disrupt the drug dealers business."