The Republican Party of Louisiana has endorsed former Congressman Jeff Landry for state Attorney General over two-term incumbent Republican Buddy Caldwell.
In a press conference Tuesday morning at the party’s headquarters near the State Capitol, Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere officially backed the former St. Martin Parish sheriff’s deputy who was living in a house where more than 100 grams of cocaine was discovered by fellow law enforcement officers.
Rather than endorse a sitting Republican running for his third term as Louisiana Attorney General, the state Republican Party gave the nod to Landry, who was still a St. Martin Parish sheriff’s deputy when other officers with the department searched the property at 123 Berard St. in St. Martinville in 1993.
After Landry admittedly willingly signed the warrant allowing the cops to search the premises, the officers discovered a stash of cocaine, reportedly taken from under the house, that would have a street value today of roughly $10,000.
“Either Jeff Landry was a dirty cop and knew about the drugs, or he was the worst cop ever and couldn’t figure out that $10,000 worth of cocaine was being sold out of his house.”
According to arrest records and affidavits, Landry’s roommate, Towaski James, also a St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office employee, was accused of stealing the cocaine from the Sheriff’s Office evidence room. The roommate of the man the Louisiana GOP claims is best qualified to enforce the laws of the state was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute.
Landry was never charged in the drug bust. However, only a few months later, Landry turned in his badge.
A political opponent in 2010 claimed, “Either Jeff Landry was a dirty cop and knew about the drugs, or he was the worst cop ever and couldn’t figure out that $10,000 worth of cocaine was being sold out of his house.”
Now, the top Republican organization in the state has officially stated that the most qualified man to serve as Louisiana’s chief law enforcement official is a man who – as a law enforcement officer – did not know that $10,000 worth of cocaine was literally under his nose.