A 45-year-old Houma man was arrested Friday after narcotics detectives found bags of methamphetamine, ecstasy pills, and $850 inside a vehicle in Morgan City with the help of the Morgan City Police K-9 Unit, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
—Gary Blanchard, 45, of the 500 block of Barrow Street in Houma, was arrested at 11:14 p.m. Friday for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of MDMA, possession of drug paraphernalia and transactions involving drug proceeds.
Narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop near the La. 182 and La. 70 junction in Morgan City on a vehicle for failure to use a turn signal and having an unlit tail light. Detectives found the driver, identified as Blanchard. Narcotics detectives contacted Morgan City Police K-9 to assist. The K-9 indicated the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle, Hebert said.
Narcotics detectives searched the vehicle and found multiple bags of methamphetamine, a bag containing ecstasy pills, a digital scale, pipe and $850 dollars cash, Hebert said. Narcotics detectives believe the cash was derived from drug proceeds, Hebert said. The money was seized pending forfeiture. Blanchard was jailed with no bail set.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 102 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Wesley Chappelle, 50, of the 100 block of Emy Lane in Patterson, was arrested at 6:06 p.m. Saturday for simple battery, battery of a police officer, resisting an officer with force, entering contraband into a penal institution. A deputy responded to a disturbance at a residence on Emy Lane. The deputy learned that Chappelle shoved a male victim during an argument. During Chappelle’s arrest, he bit a deputy on the finger, Hebert said. No bail is set.
—Charles Variet, 49, of the 400 block of Clement Street in Patterson, was arrested at 4:45 p.m. Friday for theft. A deputy responded to a local scrap yard in reference to a complaint of theft. The deputy learned that scrap metal was stolen from a property in the Patterson area and sold. After speaking with witnesses, Variet was identified as a suspect in the theft. Variet was located at his residence and jailed with bail set at $5,000.
—Kristen Lipari, 41, of the 800 block of Main Street in Patterson, was arrested at 1:47 p.m. Saturday for theft of goods. A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy learned from store personnel that Lipari was seen placing items underneath her purse. Upon checking out, Lipari failed to pay for the items. She was released on a summons to appear in court March 26.
—Morris Madison, 44, of La. 182 in Verdunville, was arrested at 2:56 p.m. Friday for possession of synthetic cannabinoids and abuse of toxic vapors. Narcotics detectives conducted a stop on a vehicle in the Verdunville area. Detectives were granted consent to search the vehicle and located an open pack of synthetic cannabinoids. Madison, a passenger in the vehicle, was released on a summons to appear in court March 26.
Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch reported the following arrests:
—Victory N. Ho, 34, of Fig Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 12:37 a.m. Sunday for domestic abuse battery involving strangulation with children present.
Officers were summoned to a Fig Street residence involving a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they were advised that Ho and a female had become involved in a domestic dispute that became physical. Ho is alleged to have committed a battery on the female, throwing the female to the floor and strangling her, Crouch said. Ho was jailed.
—Vernon J. Robinson, 27, of Chennault Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:19 a.m. Friday on a warrant for two counts of contempt of court.
Robinson was located near the corner of Orange Street and Federal Avenue and placed under arrest on outstanding warrants from the City Court. He was jailed.
—Ulrick K. Matthews, 42, of Brashear Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:59 a.m. Sunday for disturbing the peace intoxicated.
Officers were dispatched to a Brashear Avenue business regarding an intoxicated person. Matthews was located in the parking lot and appeared highly intoxicated, Crouch said. He was jailed.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:
—Kenneth William Litteral, 31, of the 400 block of Texas Street in Berwick, was arrested at 6:19 a.m. Friday for simple battery involving domestic violence. Litteral was jailed with no bail set at this time.
—Crystal Ann Pittman, 31, of the 400 block of Texas Street in Berwick, was arrested at 7:35 a.m. Friday on a Texas warrant for DWI first offense. No bail is set.
—Miles Patrick Lauglin, 48, of the 1400 block of North Third Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:24 p.m. Friday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of speeding 41 mph in a 35 mph zone. Lauglin was released on $400 bail.
St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronnie Theriot reported the following arrest:
—Oscar Guardado-Gallego, 36, of the 100 block of Stephensville Road in Stephensville, was arrested for Louisiana State Police on charges of identity theft, unlawful production, manufacturing, distribution and forgery.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.