MERAUX, LA (NBC33) — The owner of a trailer park in St. Bernard Parish is behind bars for allegedly running an illegal drug operation. Investigators believe the man was taking food stamps as an alternative form of payment for the drugs as well as rent from tenants.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Adam Ciuffi Sr. after they recovered 800 prescription drugs from his home in Meraux. Ciuffi, who was convicted of Manslaughter in 1977, had roughly 30 bottles full of drugs stuffed in a pillow case at his home. The estimated street value of the drugs is just under $5,000.
Also recovered were numerous Louisiana food stamp cards in a wallet in the home on Lawrence Drive.
Ciuffi, an owner of Myrtle Grove Trailer Park, told deputies that he was holding the medication for other people who are acquaintances of his. Further investigation, however, showed that Ciuffi may have been acting as a loan shark.
Officials believe Ciuffi was making loans to people and asking for prescription drugs and food stamp cards as payment if the borrowers couldn’t fully re-pay. There are also indications Ciuffi was accepting pills and cards as rent payment from people living at the trailer park.
Ciuffi was booked with 29 counts of possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs, mostly painkillers and anti-anxiety medication. Drugs found included Vicodin, Suboxone pills and strips, Oxycocone, Clonazepam, Tramodol and others. None of the drugs were prescribed to Ciuffi.
He was released from St. Bernard Parish Prison on bond of $150,000.
The investigation into the case is ongoing and there could be further charges, the sheriff said.
Anyone with additional information should call the sheriff’s DOPE Hotline at 271-DOPE and a message can be left anonymously.