Robert Johnson Jr.
A 27-year-old Patterson man was charged Wednesday after St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives found bags of marijuana and cocaine inside a Patterson residence, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
—Robert Johnson Jr, 27, of the 1400 block of First Street in Patterson, was arrested at 12:51 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Detectives were notified by Patterson Police that Johnson was taken into custody on the warrant, Hebert said. Johnson was jailed. The warrant stems from an investigation into illegal drug activity at Johnson’s residence. During the investigation, detectives located several bags of marijuana, multiple bags of cocaine, and a digital scale, Hebert said. No bail is set.
Hebert reported responding to 43 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests relating to east St. Mary Parish:
—Wanya Francis, 20, of the 1500 block of Live Oak Street in Patterson, was arrested at 11 a.m. Wednesday for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Narcotics division detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Catherine Street in Patterson.
During the investigation, detectives made contact with a passenger identified as Francis. While searching Francis’ person, detectives located a pill bottle with Francis’ name on it. Inside the bottle, detectives found 10 bags of high-grade marijuana consistent with street level sales, Hebert said. Francis was jailed with no bail set.
—Kelly Kendall, 23, of the 1500 block of Canal Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday for possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on a warrant for the charge of criminal neglect of family.
A deputy assigned to work the Bayou Vista area responded to a medical emergency at a residence on Canal Road. The deputy made contact with Kendall, and learned of his active warrant. While speaking with Kendall, he admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana, Hebert said. The deputy also found a pipe used for smoking the substance. Kendall was jailed with bail set at $12,662.27.
—Joseph Andrews, 35, of the 500 block of Roderick Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated second offense and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. A deputy patrolling the Bayou Vista area responded to a call requesting the removal of a person at a business. The deputy made contact with that person, identified as Andrews, and learned of the active warrants for his arrest. Andrews was transported to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set.
—Justin Tessitore, 33, of the 300 block of N Magnolia Street in Hammond, was arrested 11:04 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant for criminal damage to property.
A deputy received information from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency that Tessitore was to be found at a business in Amelia, Hebert said. The deputy made contact with Tessitore and transported him to the parish jail for booking. He was released on recognizance bail.
—Mary F. Nelson, 42, of the 1000 block of Belanger Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday for criminal trespass and disturbing the peace. A deputy responded to a report of a disturbance in Bayou Vista. During the investigation, the deputy learned that Nelson had gone to a residence uninvited and began yelling at individuals. Nelson was released on a summons to appear in court March 11, 2015.
—Glen Rochel Jr., 32, of the 100 block of Laura Street in Patterson, was arrested at 3:31 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear on charges of simple assault and telephone harassment. A deputy assigned to the warrants division made contact with Rochel at the Sheriff’s Office in Franklin. Rochel was released on a summons to appear in court March 11, 2015.
—Joseph Williams, 26, of the 200 block of Grandwood Drive in Patterson, was arrested at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear on charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended license, no seatbelt and expired motor vehicle inspection, a warrant for failure to appear on charges of speeding and operating a vehicle without a driver’s license and a warrant for failure to appear on charges of simple battery and aggravated assault.
A deputy responded to a disturbance at a residence in Patterson. The deputy made contact with an involved subject, identified as Williams, and learned of his active warrants. Williams was jailed with no bail set.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests:
—Jarell J. Collie, 23, of Morgan City, was arrested at 3:36 p.m. Wednesday for resisting an officer for failure to identify and possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone.
An officer patrolling the Brownell Homes housing area encountered a man on the street corner, who was observed conducting suspicious activity. The officer stopped to identify the person and to ascertain if he was a resident of the housing area.
Collie refused to identify himself to officers after several requests, Banks said. During the encounter, Collie identified a vehicle which was parked nearby as his and admitted to officers that it contained a handgun, Banks said.
The Brownell Homes area, along with all federal housing areas, are designated as drug free/firearm free zones, Banks said. The area is also within close proximity to area schools, the chief said. The narcotics K-9 unit was deployed and conducted a search of the vehicle, Banks said.
A 9mm handgun was recovered from the vehicle, Banks said. The suspect, who was not a resident of the housing area, was eventually identified as Collie. He was jailed with no bail set yet.
—Dakota A. Daigle, 21, of Pecan Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to pay fines for criminal mischief.
Daigle was located at his residence and placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant for the Sixth Ward City Court of Morgan City. He was jailed where he remains with bail set at $692.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.