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For Immediate Release

March 23, 2010 DUSM Brian L. Lucio, MLFTF Coordinator/PAO (225) 620-4561
Middle Louisiana Task Force Arrests Two Fugitives Wanted by the DEA

Donaldsonville, LA On 3/22/2010, Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force (MLFTF) investigators arrested fugitives Lawrence Crandle and Brandon Payton. Both fugitives were wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for multiple counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine. Crandle was also wanted for being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

MLFTF investigators identified an address in Donaldsonville, Louisiana that Candle was known frequent. Investigators responded to the address and immediately located Crandle coming out of the back door of the residence. Crandle was taken into custody without incident. After obtaining consent to search the residence, MLFTF investigators located 2 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 8 grams of suspected marijuana and a digital scale that were hidden on top of some cabinets. The drugs were individually wrapped for distribution and sale.

MLFTF investigators then proceeded to a nearby address that was last known to be used by Payton. As investigators were interviewing occupants of the residence, an alert investigator on the exterior perimeter observed a subject that resembled Payton standing on a side street. The investigator, along with another officer, ran over and identified Payton before he had a chance to flee. The investigator observed Payton throw an object into an unoccupied vehicle that he was standing by as they approached. Payton was taken into custody and secured. Once all investigators were present and the scene was secure, investigators observed the item that Payton threw into the car laying on the seat in plain view. The package contained 8 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 23 grams of suspected marijuana and 4 grams of suspected MDMA. All of the drugs were individually packaged distribution and sale. Payton also had approximately $180 in $20 bills on his person.

Both Crandle and Payton were transported to the US Courthouse in Baton Rouge for booking.

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