A 35-year-old Morgan City woman was jailed Saturday after detectives discovered a meth lab at a Fifth Street residence in Morgan City and also found two children inside the residence, Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said in a news release.
—Tessa M. Pilgrim, 35, of Fifth Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 9:48 a.m. Saturday for creating/operating a clandestine lab for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of Schedule II methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal use of a controlled drug in the presence of persons under age of 17 and a warrant for failure to appear for shoplifting.
Officers were summoned to a Fifth Street residence in regard to suspected drug activity. Officers located what appeared to be a clandestine lab used to make methamphetamine, Banks said.
Narcotics detectives located Pilgrim and a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old child inside the residence. Narcotics detectives secured the scene and discovered a small clandestine lab, which was in the process of producing methamphetamine, Banks said.
Several syringes which contained suspected methamphetamine were also located. A crew was summoned to the scene to clean up the hazardous material. Pilgrim was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for the Morgan City Police Department. Investigators transported the children to a medical facility to be evaluated due to the hazardous environment. They were released to relatives. Pilgrim was jailed.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests:
—Jonathan Ruffin, 26, of James Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 3:50 a.m. Sunday for possession of Schedule I marijuana, possession of Schedule II crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of stolen things firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, and on a St. Mary Parish warrant for criminal neglect of family.
Officers were dispatched to the Waffle House on La. 182 regarding a vehicle accident. Officers were advised that a vehicle had struck a motorcycle in the parking lot.
Officers located the vehicle and were provided a description of the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle, which was abandoned with the door open was secured by officers and found to contain suspected marijuana in plain view.
The driver was identified as Ruffin. He admitted that he was the driver and that the objects inside the vehicle belonged to him, Banks said.
Officers searched the vehicle and recovered a bag which contained several pieces of suspected crack cocaine which was believed to be intended for sale. Officers located a .357-cal. pistol, which was discovered to have been reported as stolen from Lafourche Parish. Ruffin was jailed.
—Jackie Randle, 35, of Birch Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 6:47 p.m. Friday for driving under suspension and window tint violation.
A patrolling officer stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Amelia Street and Ditch Avenue in regard to a window tint violation. The driver, Randle, was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and was subsequently arrested. He was jailed.
—Lynette Gant, 49, of Labadieville, was arrested at 8:47 p.m. Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia third offense, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a moving vehicle, and on a fugitive warrant for probation and parole.
—Darren D. Fisher, 29, of Patterson, was arrested at 8:47 p.m. Friday for possession of Schedule I marijuana second offense, no license plate illumination and window tint violation.
An officer observed a vehicle in the area of Seventh and Willard streets to have improper lighting and window tint that obscured the inward view of the vehicle and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Fisher and the passenger, Gant.
Officers detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana in the vehicle. Suspected marijuana was located along with a pipe commonly used to smoke illegal narcotics. The passenger, who admitted possession of the paraphernalia was also found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Morgan City Police Department where they were booked and incarcerated.
—Jakia D. Ray, 28, of Mike Drive, Patterson, was arrested at 12:48 a.m. Saturday on a warrant for careless operation of a moving vehicle, on a warrant for no or expired driver’s license and improper lane usage.
An officer observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner in the area of Federal and Brashear avenues and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver, Ray, was found to be wanted on outstanding warrants for the Morgan City Police Department. She was jailed.
—Luke Fears, 28, of Saturn Road, Bayou Vista, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. Saturday for second degree battery.
Officers responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a lounge in the 500 block of First Street. Officers discovered an injured person with lacerations to the face and head.
Acadian Ambulance was summoned to render treatment to the subject. Officers learned that Fears had committed a battery on a person causing injuries which resulted in the victim requiring medical treatment, Banks said. Fears, who had left the area, was located at his Bayou Vista residence. The victim was treated at Teche Regional for fractures and lacerations, Banks said. Fears was jailed.
—Lance M. Lovell, 27, of Morgan City, was arrested at 2:54 a.m. Saturday for no license plate illumination and operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.
A vehicle was stopped on La. 182 near David Drive after the vehicle was observed to have improper lighting. The driver, Lovell, was discovered to have a suspended driver’s license. He was jailed.
—Michael D. Mckinnon, 21, of Mars Road, Bayou Vista, was arrested at 6:34 a.m. Saturday for disturbing the peace and criminal damage to property.
Officers were dispatched to a Bush Street residence regarding a disturbance. The complainant and witnesses advised that Mckinnon was involved in a disturbance at the residence by being involved in an argument in the front yard at that location.
Mckinnon attempted to break a window and subsequently damaged a panel on the complainant’s vehicle, Banks said. Mckinnon was jailed.
—Kiana K. Butler, 23, of Baton Rouge, was arrested at 8:50 p.m. Saturday on a St. Mary Parish warrant for two counts of issuing worthless checks.
Officers were dispatched to a Barrow Street residence regarding a disturbance. Officers identified one of the people involved as Butler who was discovered to be wanted on warrants. She was jailed.
—Shelby G. Williams, 36, of Amelia Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 10:38 p.m. Saturday on a St. Mary Parish warrant for failure to appear for driving while intoxicated.
An officer conducted a traffic stop on La. 182 and identified Williams as a passenger in the vehicle. Williams was wanted on warrants and was jailed.
—Vernell D. Cain, 32, of Abbeville, was arrested at 12:26 a.m. Sunday for operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, no headlights, possession of drug paraphernalia and no tail lamps.
—Vikki C. St. Julien, 27, of Abbeville, was arrested at 12:26 a.m. Sunday on a St. Martin Parish warrant for theft.
A vehicle was stopped in the area of Federal and Brashear avenues after it was observed to have improper lighting.
The driver, Cain, was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Officers located a pipe commonly used to consume illegal narcotics. The passenger, St. Julien, was found to be wanted on warrants. Both were jailed.
—Kedesha N. Scott, 19, of Morgan City, was arrested at 1:56 a.m. Sunday on a St. Mary Parish warrant for criminal damage and a warrant for unauthorized use of an access card.
Scott was located at an Idaho Street residence and jailed on warrants.
—Artis Jones, 18, of Birch Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 10:46 p.m. Sunday for no driver’s license, improper lighting, possession of Schedule I marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An officer stopped a vehicle after it was observed to have improper lighting in the area of Front and Franklin streets. The driver, Jones, approached the officer and was observed to have a hand-rolled cigarette of suspected marijuana lodge behind his ear. Officers also located items of paraphernalia used to consume illegal narcotics in the vehicle. Jones was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported the following arrests:
A Bayou Vista teen was arrested on a litany of charges ranging from burglary to drug offenses.
—Kaleb Gros, 17, of the 100 block of Sun Road, Bayou Vista, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. Friday for simple burglary.
A detective investigating a complaint of a burglary at a residence on Delmar Avenue identified Gros as a suspect in the crime. Detectives carried out a search warrant at Gros’ residence and located additional evidence linking him to the crime, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.
He also was charged on warrants for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of synthetic cannabinoids and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gros had an active warrant for his arrest on these charges stemming from a previous narcotics investigation during which marijuana, items of drug paraphernalia and synthetic cannabinoids were located at his residence, Hebert said.
Gros was not present at the time the search warrant was executed. Detectives with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and Criminal Investigation Division conducted a search warrant at the same residence in connection with a burglary investigation.
Gros remained jailed this morning with no bail set. The burglary investigation is ongoing.
—Earl Williams, 31, of New Orleans, was arrested at 1:21 p.m. Saturday for theft of goods.
—Savannah Briley, 27, of Marrero, was arrested at 1:21 p.m. Saturday for theft of goods.
A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. While en route, the deputy located Williams and Briley who matched the description of the two shoplifters and detained them.
According to store personnel, the pair was seen loading 55 cans of baby formula, valued at over $800, into a plastic container and then leaving the store without paying for the goods. Both were jailed with no bail set.
—Angel Aguilera, 25, of the 100 block of Lenny’s Lane, Amelia, was arrested at 4:51 a.m. Sunday for second degree battery. A deputy responded to a report of a battery that occurred at a residence on Lenny’s Lane in Amelia. During the course of the investigation, the deputy identified Aguilera as the person who punched a male multiple times in the face causing him to lose consciousness. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Aguilera was located at his residence. He remained jailed this morning with no bail set.