OPD: Narcotics & Weapons Arrest / Wanted Fugitive working as Armed Security Arrested

J. Coleman

Officers with the Opelousas Police Department arrested two men for weapons and narcotics violations.

Posted: Apr 3, 2021 6:16 PM

Opelousas Police Department: On April 2, 2021 at about 9:40 P.M. Officers with the Opelousas Police Department arrested two men for weapons and narcotics violations.

Acting on credible intelligence officers located a vehicle that was reported to have several firearms being brandished by persons that both were prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous criminal convictions. Upon locating the vehicle in the 400 blk of E. Laurent St. the subsequent investigation led to officers locating three handguns in the vehicle.


A. Jason

T. Nerve

A passenger in the vehicle identified as Mr. John Coleman attempted to flee the scene of the traffic stop.

After a two block foot chase Mr. Coleman was apprehended and he was found to have in his possession ecstasy and crack cocaine.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mr. Alphonzo Jason.

Both men were booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on the following charges:

John Coleman age: 30 of 1060 Perry Ln. Opelousas, La.

  • Possession with intent to distribute schedule I narcotics
  • Possession of schedule I narcotics
  • Illegal carrying of a weapon
  • Illegal Possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS
  • Felon in Possession of a firearm
  • Resisting Arrest
  • ( Coleman was also wanted for outstanding parole violations)

Alphonzo Jason age: 30 627 E. Laurent St. Opelousas, La.

  • Illegal carrying of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a firearm

In another investigation on April 3, 2021 officers with the Opelousas Police Department following up on intelligence received from another Law enforcement agency arrested Mr. Tyland Nerve of Franklin, La. for several outstanding warrants as well as new charges related to todays arrest.

Officers had received information that Mr. Nerve a wanted felon may be in the Opelousas area working as an armed security officer. It was reported that Mr. Nerve may be identifying himself as an Opelousas Police reserve officer.

This information was disseminated to all Opelousas Police personnel. An officer working an off duty security detail at the Yambilee building observed Mr. Nerve at the event working security while being armed with a handgun and wearing body armor.

Mr. Nerve was taken into custody without incident.

A records check indicated that Mr. Nerve had outstanding warrants with several agencies including one for false portraying or impersonation of a police officer and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Mr. Nerve was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on the following new charges:

Tyland Nerve age: 27 400 Verdan Ln. Franklin, La.

  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Unlawful use or Possession of body armor

Chief Martin McLendon would like to reinforce to the citizens of Opelousas that officers are on a daily basis doing everything possible to stem the rising tide of gun violence in an around our community and would like to ask the community to provide any information that can combat gun violence on our streets.

Opelousas Police urge anyone with any information related to violent crime contact the Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500, crimetips@opelousaspd.com or through Crime Stoppers (337-948-TIPS, www.stlandrycrimestoppers.com or by using the P3 mobile App.) Tipsters can remain anonymous

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