An Anacoco man has been arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO) for marijuana distribution-related activity.

James Roy Billeaud, 39, was arrested on April 13 for allegedly selling and distributing large amounts of “high grade” marijuana through the mail from his home in Anacoco.

An investigation involving the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force, the Louisiana State Narcotics Division and postal inspectors from the United States Postal Service (USPS) led to Billeaud’s arrest.

The authorities seized 10 pounds of marijuana and $7000 in cash from Billeaud's home after obtaining a search warrant.

“The investigation began in the fall of 2017,” Sheriff Sam Craft said. “At this time the investigation is still ongoing.”

The sheriff’s department is expecting more indictments as a result of the ongoing investigation.

Currently there is a national trend in illegal criminal enterprises using the U.S. Postal service or other package delivery services to transport marijuana and other narcotics, according to VPSO.

Billeaud has been charged with possession of a schedule I narcotic with intent to distribute. His bond was set at $100,000 by 30th JDC Judge C. Anthony Eaves.

If convicted, Billeaud could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine not exceeding $50,000.

Craft advises those that wish to report any suspicious activity to call 337-238-4764.