BV store raid yields drugs, cash and an arrest

A Bayou Vista man was arrested for multiple drug charges after St. Mary Parish Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents seized synthetic cannabinoids valued at approximately $14,000 at Long’s Bayou Food Mart in Bayou Vista.

Johnathan Ha, 39, of Southeast Boulevard was arrested at 5:43 p.m. and charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids and drug paraphernalia and abuse of toxic vapors after agents executed a search warrant at the store in reference to illegal sales of synthetic cannabinoids from the business, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

During the search, agents located a large amount of synthetic cannabinoids along with drug paraphernalia items and $980 in U.S. currency, Hebert said.

Ha was issued a summons to appear in court on April 16.

Tests on the seized items are ongoing at the Acadiana Crime Lab to determine if the synthetic cannabinoids contain chemicals deemed illegal under Louisiana law. Further charges are pending the outcome of those tests, the sheriff said.

In other police news, Warren Collins Jr., 72, of Joseph Street, Siracusaville, was arrested Wednesday at 11:44 a.m. and charged with hit and run and a warrant for aggravated incest.

The arrest was made after a report of Collins hitting and damaging a mailbox on Joseph Street.

Hebert said agents also learned Collins was wanted on a warrant for a Nov. 9 aggravated incest incident in which he allegedly inappropriately touched a 12-year-old at his residence.

Collins remained in the Parish Jail this morning with no bond set.

Johnny Campbell, 51, of Cane Street in Bayou Vista was arrested Wednesday at 7:36 p.m. and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses and possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.

Agents executed a warrant at Campbell’s home and located marijuana, drug paraphernalia, packaging material, a handgun and $1,124 in U.S. currency, Hebert said.

The marijuana was valued at approximately $5,200, the sheriff said.

Campbell remained in the Parish Jail this morning with no bond set.

Elsewhere, Steven Morris, 25, of Vista Village Lane, Bayou Vista, was arrested Wednesday at 1:37 p.m. and charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids and drug paraphernalia, abuse of toxic vapors and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug-free zone (church).

Agents stopped a vehicle on Southeast Boulevard in Bayou Vista for a stop sign violation and located synthetic cannabinoids and drug paraphernalia on Morris.

He was released from the Parish Jail on a $6,500 bond.

Kimberly Bonnette, 24, of Teche Road, Bayou Vista, was arrested Wednesday at 10:19 a.m. and charged with theft and unauthorized use of an access card after a deputy was called to Bonnette’s residence regarding a theft.

The deputy learned from the complainant that Bonnette had taken her debit card and used it at two locations.

Bonnette was brought in for questioning and subsequently arrested.

She was issued a summons to appear in court on April 16.

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