Drugs Located Inside Hidden Compartment

Drug ArrestOn Tuesday, July 14, 2009, officers patolling the area of Southeast Railroad Avenue made a routine traffic stop on Ervin Eugene Foster Jr., 34, of 540 South First Steet.
Upon speaking to Foster, the odor of burnt marijuana was detected from the interior of the vehicle, according to Chief of Police Bry Layrisson. After being given consent to search the vehicle, officers located an aersosl "Gunk Big Puncture Seal" can with a false compartment in the bottom. Inside the campartment, three large clear plastic baggies containing marijuana were located. Other drug paraphernalia was also located inside the vehicle.
Foster was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"Due to my officers' continued law enforcement training, they were familiar with these types of hidden compartments," Layrisson said.

4 Arrested for alleged drugs

PONCHATOULA - Police arrested four men July 16 on narcotics allegations.
Chief Bry Layrisson said detectives on patrol on North Barrone Street saw a car parked in the street. When the detectives activated their lights, the car sped northward on Barrone Street. After a brief chase, the car was stopped and the occupants detained.
Arrested and the allegations are:
Brent Collins, 22, of 43398 Willow Sreet, Hammond, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs and fugitive from another jurisdiction.

John Anthony Gaten, 21, 114 Rosewood Drive, possession of marijuana and two counts of failure to appear in court.

Steve Wilson Jr., 20, of 350 N. Barrone St., running a stop sign, onstructing a public passage and possession of marijuana.

Jermare Wilson, 20, of 410 N. Third Street, possession of marijuana.

Ponchy police book fugitive from Seattle

PONCHATOULA - Police arrested a fugitive from Seattle during a narcotics investigation.
Chief Bry Layrisson said on July 17, officers went to Chevrolet Street in response to a complaint about Ronald Terrell Berry, 26, of 110 Little Flowers Estate.
While speaking with Berry, officers saw an open container and suspected drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
Berry and the driver, Donald Sanchez, 55, of 112 Zephyr Drive, Tickfaw, were booked for allegedly having an open container and possession of drug paraphernalia. Layrisson said the officers also learned that Berry is an escapee and fugitive from Seattle. He was also charged with alleged misrepresentation during booking.

Police make narcotics arrest

PONCHATOULA - A domestic disturbance resulted in Ponchatoula police making a narcotics arrest.
Chief Bry Layrisson said officers went to 150 President Hoover St. on July 17 to investigate a reported domestic disturbance. They noticed a strong smell of suspected marijuana.
Layrisson said in plain view was what appeared to be a brown marijuana cigar in an ashtray and two clear plastic sandwich bags with the corners removed, which is consistent with street level narcotic sales.
K-9 Officer Michael Hill and his partner, Billy, were called to assist with the search and arrest.
Layrisson said Monica Denise Carter, 35, was booked with battery on a police officer and possession of marijuana.

Claim doesn't pass muster

PONCHATOULA - A man who identified himself to police as working for "a local narcotics agent" was arrested for possession of narcotics.
Chief Bry Layrisson said officers patrolling North 11th Street July 18 saw Dewayne Allen Smith, 28, of 41445 W. I-55 Service Road, Hammond, traveling at a high rate of speed in the middle of the street.
Officers stopped Smith, and as he got out of his vehicle, Layrisson said he identified himself as working for a local narcotics agent, which was not true.
Smith removed a pill bottle from his pants containing three off-white rock-like substances that allegedly tested positive for cocaine.
Layrisson said Smith was arrested for alleged possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Ponchatoula

o'nealPONCHATOULA – On July 23, officers responded to a call in reference to a theft of a purse as well as a vehicle from the Ponchatoula Pub on West Pine Street, according to Chief of Police Bry Layrisson. Upon arrival the officer received the necessary information to enter the vehicle into the National Crime Information Center (N.C.I.C.), as well as distributed the vehicle information to surrounding agencies. On July 24, detectives conducting a follow-up investigation developed information linking Timothy O’Neal, 28, of 401 West McClellan Street, Layrisson said. O’Neal was located by detectives and placed under arrest for outstanding warrants with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. When O’Neal was searched incident to the arrest, Ponchatoula detectives located the victim’s credit card in O’Neal’s possession. A short time later, a Ponchatoula officer recovered the vehicle which was abandoned behind a local business. O’Neal was transported to the police department where he was read his rights, arrested and charged with felony theft, unauthorized use of an access card, and possession of stolen property. “I would like to commend my detectives for a rapid response and thorough investigation,” Layrisson said. From the time of the initial complaint to the arrest and recovery of vehicle was less than twenty four hours.

Rash of Property Thefts Results in Quick Arrests

PONCHATOULA--On July 26, officers responded to several complaints of thefts from vehicles on Angela Drive in Southwest Ponchatoula. Police have arrested Malcolm Jones, 17, of 56359 Bickham Chapel Road, Independence, on two counts of vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting an officer, according to Chief of Police Bry Layrisson. Two other apprehensions have been made for curfew violation and criminal mischief. Items recovered from the arrest of Jones include a Garmin GPS and an in-dash CD player. A stolen white, late model Ford pickup truck has also been recovered by the police before it was reported stolen by the owner. Other suspects have been identified and the investigation continues. Additional arrests and charges are pending, Layrisson reported.

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