Two people were jailed this morning after St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives discovered more than $12,000 worth of methamphetamine and $7,000 in cash during a traffic stop, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
—Virginia R. Raphiel, 34, of the 200 block of Minnie Odum Road in Robline, was arrested at 1:17 a.m. today for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule IV Ativan, possession of marijuana, possession of Legend Drug Neurontin, obstruction of justice and failure to signal 100 feet prior to a turn.
—Kevin Latchie, 31, of the 200 block of Sylvan Drive in Natchitoches, was arrested at 1:17 a.m. today for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana fourth offense, obstruction of justice and transactions involving drug proceeds.
While patrolling the Morgan City area, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives observed a vehicle fail to properly signal a turn onto Federal Avenue. When detectives approached the vehicle, they saw methamphetamine and marijuana inside, Hebert said. Detectives also located Ativan and Neurontin pills.
The driver, identified as Raphiel, attempted to hide a bag of methamphetamine on her, Hebert said. The methamphetamine found during the investigation has an estimated street value of $12,600, Hebert said. Detectives also located $7,190 in cash. Raphiel and passenger, Latchie, were jailed with no bail set.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 46 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Dustin Burch, 19, of the 200 block of Hendricks Street in Patterson, was arrested at 10:47 a.m. Wednesday for probation violation. A detective received information regarding the whereabouts of Burch and located him at his residence on the warrant. Burch was jailed with no bail set.
—William Burgess Jr., 32, of the 100 block of Shannon Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday for disturbing the peace intoxication. A deputy responded to a disturbance at a business on La. 182 in Bayou Vista. The deputy made contact with Burgess who smelled strongly of alcohol. The deputy received statements from witnesses that Burgess was yelling and threatening to fight others at the location. Burgess was jailed and released on a summons to appear in court Sept. 3.
—Erick J. Billiot, 23, of the 600 block of Park Place in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday for forgery. A deputy investigating a complaint of telephone harassment made contact with Billiot at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Morgan City. The deputy was advised by a detective that Billiot was a suspect in a forgery case. While speaking with Billiot, he admitted to the detective that he forged the victim’s name on a check before cashing it at a check cashing service in Bayou Vista, Hebert said. Billiot was jailed and released on $750 bail. The investigation is ongoing.
—Robert A. Medlin, arrested Tuesday, at the East Baton Rouge Parish prison now faces an additional charge of felony theft. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the complaint May 16. The detective identified Medlin as the person who used a purchase order number fraudulently to acquire a piece of equipment from a company in Amelia. The item has a value of over $2,000.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests:
—Danny P. Freia, 28, of Dora Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday for possession of Schedule II Oxycodone second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and no seat belt.
An officer detained a vehicle and its driver after the driver was observed not to be wearing a seat belt. The driver, Freia, was observed reaching into his pocket repeatedly. The officer conducted a safety frisk and located a straw, which contained residue that was identified by Freia as Oxycodone, Banks said. Freia was also found to possess a bottle that contained several tablets of Oxycodone. He was jailed.
—Christopher A. Moses, 19, of Eagle Street in Thibodaux, was arrested at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to pay a fine for disturbing the peace. Moses was located at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and taken to the Morgan City Jail.
—Kevin J. Drexler, 31, of La. 182 in Morgan City, was arrested at 7:32 p.m. Wednesday for no driver’s license second offense, no insurance, no license plate and failure to register a vehicle.
An officer observed a vehicle in the area of Cottonwood Street near Victor II Boulevard with an altered temporary license plate. Drexler was jailed.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.