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According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “Laura Marler is a licensed practicing attorney in St. Landry Parish. On May 12, 2023 narcotics detectives with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office discovered that Laura Marler was doing more than practicing law. After conducting a traffic stop on a Nissan Altima in the St. Landry Parish area, contact was made with the driver, identified as Laura Marler.” 

During the traffic stop, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and detectives located 50 T.H.C. cartridges. Furthering their investigation, detectives went to Laura Marler’s residence located at 6402 Highway 31, Opelousas, where they received permission to search after Laura Marler admitted that she was in possession of additional T.H.C. cartridges at her residence.

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During a search of Laura Marler’s residence, detectives located 170 additional T.H.C. cartridges, multiple bags containing marijuana, multiple bottles of T.H.C wax, $19,320.00 in US Currency along with 15 guns which included 4 assault style rifles, 6 shotguns, 4 semi automatic handguns and one .50 caliber black powder rifle.

The estimated street value of illegal narcotics located is valued at $8,800.00.

On May 13, 2023 Laura Marler was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS (marijuana), possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS (THC cartridges) (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS (THC wax), possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS (THC dosed oral spray), illegal carrying of weapons; crime or CDS (15 counts) and transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses.  Laura Marler’s bond was set at $90,000.00 and she has bonded out at the time of this news release.

This investigation remains open and further arrests are pending in the near future.

Anyone with information about illegal weapon or drug activity is encouraged to call the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department’s hotline at 337-948-0970 or 948-1030. All callers and information are kept strictly confidential.  

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 337-948-TIPS, download the P3 app on your mobile device or simply dial **TIPS on your mobile phone to tip. All calls are anonymous and you can earn a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux.  All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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ARRESTED:
Laura T. Marler, age 55 – White / Female
6402 Highway 31
Opelousas, LA.  70570

CHARGES:  
Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (Marijuana)

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (THC Cartridges) (2 counts)

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (THC Wax)

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (THC Dosed Oral Spray)

Illegal Carrying of Weapons; Crime or CDS (15 counts)

Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses

BOND:  $90,000
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