Det. Walker uncovers fraudulent prescription conspiracy, leads to indictment of 8

Published 12:03 am Saturday, December 15, 2018

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre named Detective Jonathan Walker as Officer of the Third Quarter for 2018.

Walker, honored Dec. 6, was recognized for outstanding investigative work that led to the arrest and federal indictment of eight suspects in a fraudulent prescription ring.

In February, the SJSO Special Operations Division received a complaint from a local pediatrician that a former employee was writing fraudulent prescriptions and distributing them to several individuals in St. John Parish.

“Detective Walker conducted a comprehensive investigation regarding the matter and uncovered a conspiracy spreading through about five jurisdictions involving several people,” Captain Monty Adams said.

Walker’s thorough investigation led to the federal indictments of these individuals as well as the recovery of narcotics and stolen property, Adams said.