Today, Louisiana State Police with the assistance of the Opelousas Police Department arrested an Opelousas Police Officer for charges relating to the distribution of narcotics.
In October 2012, State Police Detectives received a complaint from Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow about 51-year-old Sergeant Kenneth Edwards with his department. Chief Gallow suspected Edwards had distributed prescription pain medication to inmates at the Opelousas City Jail.
As Detectives began their investigation, they determined that Edwards obtained the same type of pain medication from different area doctors. Facts showed that Edwards brought narcotics onto the property of the Opelousas City Jail and distributed them to inmates. Edwards did this on at least two separate occasions during the period of the investigation.
After the investigation, Detectives secured an arrest warrant for Edwards.
This morning, Edwards was arrested at the Opelousas Police Department for the warrants charging him with 2 counts of distribution of narcotics, 2 counts of doctor shopping and 2 counts of introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Detectives booked Edwards into the St. Landry Parish Jail without incident.