Billy Ray Keckler, 45 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
A search warrant was executed at 45-year-old Billy Gale Keckler's home in the 6900 block of Buncombe Road on Tuesday morning.
CPSO says the search warrant executed Tuesday netted $200,000 in cash, 22 pounds of high-grade marijuana valued at approximately $96,000, and 28 grams of hash.
Agents also seized 50 rifles and handguns.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A Shreveport man is behind bars, facing several drug charges, following a search of his home on Tuesday by Caddo Parish and Shreveport narcotics investigators.
A search warrant was executed at 45-year-old Billy Gale Keckler's home in the 6900 block of Buncombe Road on Tuesday morning. Agents also searched a barn behind the home. Agents reportedly spent 12 hours searching the property and recovering drugs and items believed to be purchased with illegal drug money.
"We seized an RV, a boat, a couple of vehicles," said Sheriff Steve Prator during a news conference Wednesday. Prator called Keckler a mid-level dealer and said he sold high-grade marijuana that was brought in from California.
According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the warrant also netted $200,000 in cash, 22 pounds of high-grade marijuana valued at approximately $96,000, and 28 grams of hash. Agents also seized 50 rifles and handguns, a bush hog, two trailers and power equipment under the state's asset forfeiture law.
"It took a long time to search, we had to look through a pond, we had to find some of the drugs... some was hidden in a chicken house. That's always pleasant to go digging around in there as you can imagine," said Prator.
About $150,000 was in a PVC pipe buried in the ground under barrels of chicken feed.
Agents believe Keckler received about six pounds of the marijuana a week and sold it to others from his property at 6930 Buncombe Rd. They say those who bought from Keckler either used the marijuana themselves or passed it on to others on the street.
A Caddo Sheriff's K-9 and the SPD SWAT team assisted with the search and execution of the warrants.
According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the Mid-Level Investigations Unit of the Task Force has been investigating Keckler for the past eight months.
Keckler, a local contractor, was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of hash, possession of firearms with a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen firearm and cultivation of marijuana.
Keckler's wife, Debbie, owns and operates a small winery and gift shop on the adjacent property. At this point, Prator says there is "no connection between these businesses and what we have here."
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