MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE MAKES
$1.2 MILLION DOLLAR DRUG BUST
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 during the morning hours, Agents with the Major Crimes Task Force, which consist of officers from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, City of Gretna Police Department, City of Kenner Police Department and City of Westwego Police Department, were contacted by agents from the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) / Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST). Agents explained that investigators with (HSI) received specific information in reference to a portable storage container bearing unit number “UPMC08337” containing possible narcotics and being shipped from California to Shrewsbury Road in Jefferson Parish Louisiana.
Upon obtaining the information, Agents arrived at the Shrewsbury Road and located the portable storage container bearing unit number “UPMC08337”. At that time, Agents conducted an on-lead open air search of the exterior of the storage container with narcotic detecting canine partner “Sira”, which this was her 1st case since being certified. Agent Thompson advised “Sira” showed a positive odor response on the exterior of the container.
Based on the investigation, Agents requested and obtained a lawful order of search and seizure for the portable storage container bearing unit number “UPMC08337”. Due to only the recipient of the portable storage pod having the combination to the lock and with it being located at a secured location the investigators elected to established surveillance on the portable storage unit and await the recipient’s arrival.
On Thursday November 14, 2019, agents received information that a male subject would be there at about 10:30 a.m. to pay for and claim the storage container in question. At approximately 10:15 a.m., investigators with the Major Crimes Task Force and HSI observed a white male, identified as Walter Fea, DOB 01/30/1978 arrive at the Shrewberry location in a van. After Walter checked in investigators observed Walter back the van to the portable storage unit in question and used his unique combination to unlock the lock and open the storage unit.
At that time agents approached Walter and detained him without incident. Upon executing the lawful order of search on the portable storage unit, investigators located (302) clear plastics bags containing approximately 325 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of approximately $1.2 million dollars.
Subsequent to being advised of his rights as per Miranda, Walter informed agents that he was hired by an Asian male to travel from Seattle to New Orleans, remove the contents from the portable storage unit and deliver it to a location. As the investigation progressed Walter was contacted and instructed to bring the van containing the contents of the portable storage unit to a parking lot located in the 4600 block of Lapalco Blvd in Marrero.
In an effort to further the investigation, the investigators devised a plan to load the van with the contents of the portable storage unit without the marijuana and transport the van to 4600 block of Lapalco Blvd. While in transit to 4600 block of Lapalco Blvd, the investigators learned that the second recipient who would be collecting the van and its contents was coming from 2424 Oakmere Blvd in Harvey. Upon learning this information, investigators established surveillance at the residence. Upon arrival in 4600 block of Lapalco, investigators parked the van in the parking lot and left it unoccupied.
During the surveillance, investigators observed a white male, later identified as Charles Angell, DOB 10/16/1966 exit the residence, enter a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado bearing California plate 69770V2 and depart the location. As Charles departed the residence, investigators established a mobile surveillance and followed Charles as he traveled directly to parking lot in the 4600 block of Lapalco and parked directly next to the van. At this time, investigators approached Charles where he was placed under arrest without incident. A search of Charles’ vehicle netted a clear plastic bag containing approximately 16 grams of marijuana inside the center console.
Shortly after encountering Charles, agents respectfully requested and obtained a lawful order of search and seizure for 2424 Oakmere Blvd. Upon executing the lawful order of search at the residence, investigators encountered Theresa Beasley, W/F, DOB 12/31/1968 who identified herself as Charles’ live in girlfriend. Upon searching the residence, the investigators located approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and packaging material such as a vacuum seal machines, bags and digital scales. In addition, investigators observed multiple items required to establish a marijuana grow operation, as well as instruction books on cultivating marijuana.
Walter Fea, Charles Angell and Theresa Beasley were transported to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and booked accordingly. Walter was booked with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, approximately 325 pounds; Charles was booked with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, approximately 325 pounds and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, approximately 20 pounds and Theresa was booked with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, approximately 20 pounds.
If anyone has any further questions, please contact Gretna Police Sergeant Gibbs 504-363-1727 of the Major Crimes Task Force.
Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.
Chief of Police