Three arrested on drug charges

 

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Three people, including at least one Nicholls State University student, were arrested Monday after an anonymous tipster alerted police to alleged drug activity at a local hotel.

Thomas Hunter Mitchell

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Thomas Hunter Mitchell, 18, of 35 Winchester Cove in Jackson, Tenn., Hardy J. Ledet, 18, of 316 North Canal Blvd. in Thibodaux and Nicole M. Guidry, 19, of 106A Madewood Place in Thibodaux, are charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, Lafourche Parish records said.

Mitchell and Ledet are also charged with traffic violations.

Hardy J. Ledet

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Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry Weidel said narcotics agents received a tip Monday that a man known as “Hunter” was dealing drugs at the Ramada Inn on La. 1 in Thibodaux.

“There is no indication on how long it had been going on at the hotel,” Weidel said.

Agents from the Sheriff’s Office and the Thibodaux Police Department set up surveillance on the parking lot of the hotel, as well as the room where “Hunter” was believed to be registered, Weidel said.

After a while, Mitchell emerged from the room and got into his Jeep Cherokee, which police officers stopped a short distance away for having a burned out taillight.

Officers who remained at the hotel reportedly saw Ledet and Guidry leave the same room and get into a pickup truck.

Weidel said they were also stopped shortly after leaving the hotel for going 40 mph in a 15 mph zone.

Mitchell and Ledet reportedly consented to having their vehicles searched, at which point no drugs were found, Weidel said. When they allowed agents to search the hotel room, however, suspected marijuana and cocaine were found.

“There was 3 1/2 ounces of marijuana in the room’s refrigerator,” he said.

“They also found a gram of powder cocaine in a menu on the nightstand.”

 

Agents also found an eyeglass pouch containing 7 grams of cocaine in the ceiling of the room’s bathroom, he said.

Mitchell told the agents he, Ledet and Guidry had been using cocaine in the room that night, Weidel said.

All three suspects were taken into custody and booked into the parish jail.

Ledet and Guidry were later released on $5,000 and $2,000 bonds, respectively.

Mitchell remains at the jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

University spokesman Michael Delaune confirmed that Mitchell is a second-semester freshman, but said Ledet is not listed as a student.

He could not say if Guidry is a student.

“We have four Nicole Guidrys, so I can’t confirm or deny if she is a student here,” Delaune said.