on February 26, 2016 at 3:40 PM, updated February 29, 2016 at 7:41 AM
Two narcotics officers with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office face drug distribution charges after their arrests in January and Wednesday (Feb. 26) of this week, State Police said.
Karl Newman, a Tangipahoa sheriff’s deputy, was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 24) and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and abuse of office. Johnny Domingue was booked Jan. 18 on charges of principal to distribute schedule I drugs and conspiracy to distribute schedule I drugs.
State Police spokesman Doug Cain said the arrests of the deputies is the result of an investigation, which is continuing the agency launched after receiving information about a suspected drug distribution conspiracy. Cain said the crimes in question occurred in St. Tammany Parish, where the deputies were booked.
A third suspect, Rose Graham, who is not a law enforcement officer, was arrested in January along with Domingue. She is accused of distribution of 5.3 pounds of marijuana. She was booked on charges of distribution of schedule I drugs and conspiracy to distribute schedule I drugs.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto referred all queries about this case to LSP.
The Advocate reported Domingue and Newman worked closely with a federal Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, possibly as commissioned task force members.
DEA spokeswoman Debora Webber declined to say if either men were commissioned members of the task force. She released following statement about the arrests:
“DEA is aware of and has been actively working with the Louisiana State Police on this investigation. DEA is committed to thoroughly investigating allegations of misconduct alongside our law enforcement partners. As this is an ongoing investigation, we will have to decline further comment while the legal process moves forward.”
Cain said the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office has been cooperative in assisting State Police with the investigation. The investigation in St. Tammany Parish was handled by Senior Trooper Errol Durr of the State Police Criminal Investigation Division.