Four people were arrested this morning after a traffic stop in Morgan City for offenses including drug possession, Morgan City Assistant Police Chief Mark Griffin Jr. said in a news release.
—Caria Percle, 27, of Fifth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 2 a.m. today for resisting an officer by giving false information and on warrants for failure to pay a probation fee and failure to pay a fine.
—Jaimie Silva, 43, of Wilmington, North Carolina, was arrested at 2 a.m. today for possession of Schedule II cocaine.
—Ulises Escobedo, 24, of Arcadia, Florida, was arrested at 2 a.m. today for possession of Schedule I synthetic cannabinoids, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding 43 mph in a 35 mph zone and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
—Joel Valenzuela, 38, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was arrested at 2 a.m. today for possession of Schedule II cocaine.
A patrolling officer observed a vehicle in the area of La. 182 traveling West at a high rate of speed, Griffin said. A stop was made on the vehicle in the area of Seventh Street. The driver of the vehicle, Escobedo, was discovered to be operating a vehicle with a suspended license, Griffin said.
Other officers arrived and spoke to the passengers in the vehicle. The first passenger, Percle, had first given officers a false name, but later identified herself, Griffin said. The other two passengers, Silva and Valenzuela, along with the driver, gave consent to search the vehicle, Griffin said.
Officers located in the vehicle a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine in a cellophane bag, suspected synthetic cannabinoids and hand rolled cigarettes containing suspected synthetic cannabinoids, Griffin said. All four suspects were jailed.
Griffin reported the following arrests:
—Dustin J. Ferguson, 21, of Levee Road in Morgan City, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Thursday for possession of tobacco by an inmate and taking contraband to/from penal institution prohibited.
Ferguson, already an inmate at the Morgan City Jail, was found to have tobacco and rolling paper in his possession, Griffin said. Ferguson was additionally charged.
—Rayfield Grant Jr., 29, of Front Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 11 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for failure to appear for disturbing the peace.
Grant was transported from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville to the Morgan City Police Department and jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 35 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Bryan Businelle, 31, no address given, was arrested at 9:10 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. Businelle turned himself in at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Morgan City. He was jailed with no bail set.
—Jordan Vidos, 29, of the 1100 block of Fourth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:39 p.m. Thursday for possession of synthetic cannabinoids third offense.
—Leroy Bailey, 29, of the 1400 block of Third Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. Thursday for possession of synthetic cannabinoids and improper lane usage.
Narcotics division detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for improper lane usage on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Allison Street in Morgan City, Hebert said. Detectives made contact with the driver, Bailey, and passenger, Vidos. Detectives located synthetic cannabinoids inside the vehicle, Hebert said. Bailey was released on a summons to appear in court April 7. Vidos was jailed and released on a summons to appear in court April 7.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrest:
—Dexter Walker, 24, of the 400 block of Williams Street in Patterson, was arrested at 12:52 p.m. Thursday for simple criminal damage to property, cruelty to animals, failure to register as a sex offender, failure to inform an officer of an address change and on a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office warrant. Walker was jailed with no bail set yet.
St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronnie Theriot reported the following arrest relating to lower St. Martin Parish:
—Billy Store, 30, of the 1100 block of Stephensville Lane in Stephensville, was arrested for domestic abuse battery.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.