An Abbeville man was arrested by agents of the Vermilion Parish Municipal Narcotics Task Force after they received tips that he was selling Xanex.

Agents say 19-year-old Elexandre O'Gwin was arrested after a traffic stop.

Agents pulled O'Gwin over with a female passenger and two infants in the car.

They ran his name in their system, and they found he had an outstanding warrant.

O'Gwin asked one of the agents to hand one of the infants over to his female passenger, and that's when agents says they saw a clear plastic bag with several pills in it, right next to the child.

O'Gwin did not have a valid prescription for the Xanax and was charged with:

  • Possession with intent to distribute a schedule IV narcotic
  • Two counts of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile

Sheriff Mike Couvillon would like to thank the following persons for their effort in assisting with Task Force personnel:

  • Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza
  • Kaplan Mayor Kirk Champagne
  • Abbeville Chief of Police Tony Hardy
  • Kaplan Chief Boyd Adams

Sheriff Couvillon says,

“I realize times are financially tough all over, but the Mayors and Chiefs of these cities are committed to finding the funds to help the Task Force combat the illicit drugs problem that ruins our communities. The people of Vermilion and our children are the benefactors of these city leaders’ great efforts. It is my hope that in the near future other towns and cities in the parish of Vermilion will be able to assist in the continuing fight against illicit drugs.”

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