Sheriff's office arrests two for racketeering and drugs

As part of a months long investigation, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two alleged armed drug dealers, one early Saturday morning and the other this morning. Among the numerous charges were racketeering and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Jarrad Cannon, 33, of 617 Sebby Lane Lot 122, Bayou Vista, was arrested today at the parish jail. He had already been incarcerated on other charges, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

The racketeering charge is a result of his arranging and employing numerous persons in the local area traveling to obtain and distribute controlled dangerous substances. He had other people procure and sell drugs for him.

Cannon is also charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unlawful use of body armor, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor.

Earlier in the weekend, an accomplice living at the same address as Cannon was arrested on similar charges, though not on racketeering.

Katrina Walker, 28, of 617 Sebby’s Lane Lot 122, Bayou Vista, was arrested at 1:09 a.m. Saturday at home and charged with nine charges: possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of body armor, transactions involving drug proceeds, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, keeping a disorderly place, possession of drug paraphernalia, and improper lane use.

Walker’s arrest, the result of an ongoing investigation, was made after a traffic stop when she had a small child in the vehicle. During the investigation that followed, agents located a substantial amount of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $30,000. They also located crack cocaine with a street value of $1,600, a firearm, body armor and also seized $287 in U.S. currency. The investigation is on-going, and more arrests are expected.

The investigation is still ongoing, and the sheriff’s office said more arrests are possible.

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