Charges added in BV store drug raid

Charges have been added to the list levied against a Bayou Vista man who originally was arrested Thursday after a large amount of synthetic cannabinoids were found at a Bayou Vista business last week.

Jonathan Ha, 39, of Southeast Boulevard was arrested Monday at 2:31 p.m. on warrants for possession of synthetic cannabinoids with intent to distribute, two counts of distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of drug paraphernalia, transactions involving drug proceeds and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Ha was arrested at Long’s Food Mart in Bayou Vista on the warrant from an ongoing investigation in which a search warrant was executed at the store Wednesday in conjunction with the investigation of illegal sales of synthetic cannabinoids from the business, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

When St. Mary Parish Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents executed the search warrant, they found a large amount of synthetic cannabinoids, valued at $14,000, in the business, along with drug paraphernalia items and $980 in U.S. currency.

It was unclear when the weapon was recovered.

Last week, Ha was arrested for possession of synthetic cannabinoids and drug paraphernalia and abuse of toxic vapors.

The seized items were sent to the Acadiana Crime Lab in New Iberia where testing confirmed Ha was in possession of synthetic cannabinoids.

Louisiana law enacted in August 2010 makes illegal four chemicals often found in synthetic cannabinoids. Any compounds being sold that contain one or more of those chemicals are deemed illegal, thus the need for chemical analysis before the arrest warrants could be served.

Ha remained in the Parish Jail this morning with bond set at $100,000.

In other news, Dontrell Williams, 18, of Elise Street, Patterson, was arrested Monday at 8:41 a.m. and charged with possession of marijuana in a drug free zone after Williams was caught on the campus of Patterson High School with marijuana.

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

Bradley M. Dauphine, 18, of Southeast Boulevard, Apt. C, Bayou Vista, was arrested Monday at 4 p.m. and charged with domestic abuse battery and two counts of aggravated assault after an investigating deputy learned that Dauphine was causing a disturbance, had committed a battery upon the complainant and had grabbed a knife and threatened his parents, Hebert said.

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

In other local police news, Ernel Reed, 33, of Franklin, was arrested Monday at 12:12 p.m. and charged with possession of stolen things, expired motor vehicle inspection sticker, switched license plate and no insurance.

The charges were levied after Reed stole a license plate, and the complainant, who lived in the Tiffany Street area, advised she saw her license plate on the vehicle Reed was driving.

Reed was stopped on Tiffany Street and subsequently arrested.

He remained in the Parish Jail this morning with bond set at $2,000.

In unrelated action, Katherine Russo, 20, of Morgan City was found not guilty Monday night in Berwick City Court of a red light violation in connection with a Dec. 9 accident at the foot of the U.S. 90 bridge that sent both Russo and another driver to the hospital.

Both women went to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City for treatment of their injuries where they later were released.

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