Lafourche Sheriff stresses need for rehabilitation after Galliano woman admits to multiple offenses

The Kingfish has returned
August 8, 2019
1 arrested, 1 sought for questioning in burglary case
August 9, 2019
The Kingfish has returned
August 8, 2019
1 arrested, 1 sought for questioning in burglary case
August 9, 2019

A Galliano woman has been arrested and charged following an investigation into criminal trespassing and stolen property.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said he hopes to work with the suspect to get her the help she needs through the new Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex.

Authorities began an investigation into trespassing and stolen property complaints in the Cut Off area, beginning overnight on Aug. 4-5.

Through investigation, detectives developed Britnie Davidson, 32, of Galliano, as a suspect in those crimes.

Detectives made contact with Davidson and she allegedly admitted to the crimes, telling detectives that she used drugs prior to the offenses.

Davidson was arrested and charged with two counts of simple burglary, two counts of theft and four counts of criminal trespassing.

She was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux.

Davidson has been arrested before, including in Nov. 2018 for her first drug-related offenses. She spent 19 days in jail before bonding out.

Sheriff Webre said he hopes to work with the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office and the court system to get Davidson help in the future.

“It is our hope that by working with the District Attorney’s Office and the court system, Ms. Davidson will ultimately get the help she needs to break the cycle of addiction. In alignment with our mission at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex, we will attempt to diagnose and begin that treatment process while she is in our custody. It is imperative that we try to identify and treat the root cause of crime and not just look at the crime itself.”

Webre’s comments come after what’s been a busy drug-related year in Lafourche and the entire Houma-Thibodaux area through eight months.

LPSO has issued 469 drug charges on 320 arrests in 2019 so far. This is in addition to 18 federal indictments recently announced as part of a two-year investigation into drug trafficking in Lafourche.

When pushing for a new jail in Lafourche, Webre repeatedly stated the need to rehabilitate citizens through the facility so that, once freed, they’re able to return to productive lives.

Webre said he and his deputies will continue to be aggressive in enforcing laws, but also helping those who need it, once in custody.

“Between our own local efforts and our cooperative efforts with agencies such as the Louisiana State Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, we are committed to the enforcement of laws involving drug possession and distribution,” said Sheriff Webre. “Drug trafficking is an operation that spans multiple jurisdictions and even crosses into other countries. It is imperative that we work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to find those responsible for bringing drugs into our community. We understand that arresting drug traffickers and dealers attacks the root of the issue, but we also cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the enforcement of drug possession laws. For many, it is the only way they will ever recognize they have a problem and seek treatment.”

LPSO has an ongoing partnership with the Lafourche Parish Drug Treatment Court – dating back to its inception in 1999.

This alternative to incarceration provides those with addictive disorders to attain and maintain responsible sobriety while providing treatment, education and skill development. That partnership has helped hundreds shed their addictions locally and return to their lives.

LPSO also has operated its D.A.R.E. program for 30 years, which aims to teach children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.