Drug arrests made in St. Mary, Assumption

Drug arrests again dominated local police activity.

Jeno Holcomb, 39, of Eunice was charged at 4:04 a.m. today with speeding, second offense possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an expired driver’s license.

Patterson police stopped him on U.S. 90 for the traffic charge, Chief Patrick LaSalle said.

Holcomb remained incarcerated this morning with no bond set.

Elsewhere, Brian Hoop of Cleveland Street in Patterson was arrested Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. for possession of methamphetamine and possession of Lortab.

Agents of the St. Mary Narcotics Task Force were patrolling the Bayou Vista area when they observed Hoop’s vehicle fail to signal a lane change. During the traffic stop, consent to search was obtained and an agent located both the methamphetamine and the Lortab.

Hoop was booked into the parish jail where he remained this morning with no bond set.

Meanwhile, Assumption Parish deputies stopped a vehicle for illegal tint violations Monday and ended up making an arrest for possession with intent to distribute Xanax.

The vehicle was occupied by a female driver, male passenger and an approximately one-year-old baby. During the course of the traffic stop, a deputy witnessed the male passenger place an object in the front of his jeans. The deputy then asked the male passenger to exit the vehicle so that a pat down could be performed for officer safety.

While complying with the pat down, an orange prescription bottle with the label torn off fell to the street from within the bottom of his jean leg. The subject quickly picked it up in an effort to conceal it in his right pants pocket, but he was intercepted by a deputy, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.

Upon inventory of the bottle, it was found to contain 133 small pills believed to be Alprazolam (Xanax).

Cody J. Theriot, 32, of Shell Beach Road in Pierre Part was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance and illegal possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of persons under age 17.

Theriot is being held at the Assumption Parish Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

In other action, information received after press time Wednesday indicates Michael Touchet — Berwick’s former volunteer fire chief who was arrested Tuesday for 10 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile — also was a deputy with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Department.

Upon his arrest, he was immediately terminated from his position in St. Martin Parish, according to the sheriff's Public Information Officer Ginny Higgins.

Touchet, 47, of Columbus Avenue in Bayou Vista, was charged at 5:13 p.m. on a warrant for 10 counts of indecent behavior with a 13-year-old Berwick girl.

He remained incarcerated this morning in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

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