A 35-year-old Houma man was charged for possession with intent to distribute five different drugs and illegal possession of a handgun after being stopped for speeding in Morgan City, Police Chief Michael Banks said in a news release.
—James R. Wagner, 35, of Swan Drive in Houma, was arrested at 4:29 a.m. Monday for speeding 51 mph in a 35 mph zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule I marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of Schedule II amphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of Schedule IV Clonazepam with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of Schedule III Hydrocodone with the intent to distribute, possession of Schedule IV Xanax with the intent to distribute and transactions involving proceeds from CDS activity.
An officer observed a speeding vehicle traveling on La. 182 near Ditch Avenue. The driver, identified as Wagner, when asked to retrieve his identification and registration documents confirmed to officers that he possessed a .45-caliber handgun inside his vehicle, Banks said.
Officers observed items of suspected drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be cocaine, scattered about the passenger seat, the chief said. The substance was tested with a presumptive test that indicated a positive result.
Officers secured the vehicle. During the subsequent investigation, officers located baggies, vacuum sealing materials and other items of paraphernalia. Officers also located suspected marijuana and several pills of various controlled substances.
Evidence was uncovered which suggested that Wagner was involved in the sales of illegal narcotics. Wagner admitted to officers that he was involved in the sales of narcotics, including various controlled substances for which he stated he possessed prescriptions, Banks said.
Wagner was found to possess $2,573 in U.S. currency, which was seized pending civil forfeiture proceedings and believed to be derived from the sales of narcotics. Wagner was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 39 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Dicie Fulks, 30, of the 5900 block of La. 182 in Ricohoc, was arrested at 11:53 a.m. Monday on a warrant for aggravated battery. A deputy responding to a complaint of a disturbance at the above listed address made contact with Fulks and learned of the warrant for her arrest.
The warrant was obtained as the result of an investigation into a report of an aggravated battery that occurred April 4. The detective assigned to the case learned that Fulks and a woman were arguing during a car ride. When the female victim exited the vehicle, Fulks put the vehicle in drive and struck the victim. No injuries were reported by the victim at the time the report was made. Fulks was jailed and released on $5,000 bail.
—Nicole Benedietto, 30, of the 100 block of Uranus Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 9:06 a.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended license and speeding, and on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended license and operating a vehicle with an unlit license plate. A deputy located Benedietto at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Franklin on the warrants. She was jailed with bail set at $7,500.
—Justin Scarbrough, 22, of the 1200 block of Delmar Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 11:33 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of direct contempt of court, failure to use seatbelts, and failure to honor written promise to appear.
A deputy patrolling the Bayou Vista area made contact with Scarbrough who was walking on Southeast Boulevard. While speaking with Scarbrough, the deputy learned of the warrant for his arrest. He was jailed with bail set at $100.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.