Webster Parish Sheriff’s Community Action Directed Patrol team members and Sheriff’s narcotics investigators have removed a local drug dealer from operation for the second time in two months.

Tanya Gayle Silva, 38, of Magnolia Road in Dubberly was arrested Tuesday for distribution of a CDS Schedule I (marijuana).  This arrest followed an undercover investigation conducted into her alleged “business transactions” during the past few months, which were prompted by another recent arrest.

On December 9, 2010, just less than two months ago, Silva was arrested for possession of a CDS Schedule I with intent to distribute and speeding.

“That night we stopped her for speeding,” explained Sheriff’s Capt. and CAD Patrol Team Lead Robert Hayden.  “But she sped up to evade the deputy and threw a bag from her window that turned out to be a good amount of dope.” 

That bag of dope was seized and later reported to contain marijuana weighing more than 400 grams.  Other evidence including cash was also seized during that arrest.

During yesterday’s event, however, Silva was picked up on a warrant that had been obtained based on the results of investigators’ undercover work.

“She didn’t wait long after getting out of jail before going right back to selling again,” said Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Sgt. Barry James.  “We received some information not long after her last release that prompted us to look closer into her actions.”

Silva was transported for booking into Bayou Dorcheat’s Correctional Center, where she was booked for housing in the Webster Parish Jail with a bond amount of $15,000.00.  She appeared in court just Monday on her prior drug related charge.

“I’m proud their investigative efforts were so promptly effective. It’s a shame that sometimes folks just can’t seem to change their ways; but we can’t let it go,” said Sheriff Gary Sexton.  “What’s wrong is wrong.”

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