Man arrested on heroin, marijuana charges

MORGAN CITY, La. -- A 37-year-old Boyce man was arrested Sunday on several drug charges, including possession of heroin third offense, after police stopped a vehicle in the area of La. 182 and Justa Street in Morgan City, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.

—Taylor King Jr., 37, of Boyce, was arrested at 12:13 a.m. Sunday for possession of schedule I controlled dangerous substance-heroin third offense, possession of schedule I controlled dangerous substance-marijuana second offense, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, illuminating devices required, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers patrolling the area near La. 182 and Justa Street observed a vehicle being driven with no headlights. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and came into contact with the driver, King. He was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. During the investigation, the officer located a syringe containing suspected heroin, Crouch said. Officers also located suspected marijuana. King, who had previous convictions for possession of these controlled substances, was taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he remains in jail.

Crouch also reported the following arrests:

—Lee’ann Nichole Jones, 27, of Darcy Lane in Franklin, was arrested at 3:28 p.m. Friday on a warrant for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for simple battery.

—Cierra Lynn Smith, 23, of Darcy Lane in Franklin, was arrested at 3:41 p.m. Friday on a warrant for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for theft less than $50.

Officers investigating a complaint near the corner of Shaw Drive and Levee Road in Morgan City came into contact with Jones Smith. Both were discovered to be wanted on outstanding warrants from Lafayette Parish authorities. They were taken to the Morgan City Police Department and held pending transfer to Lafayette Parish.

—Aalijah M. Charles, 30, of Columbus Street in Houma, was arrested at 7:48 p.m. Friday on a warrant for simple battery.

Officers conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Seventh Street and Ditch Avenue in Morgan City came into contact with Charles who was found to be wanted on outstanding warrants through the Morgan City Police Department.

Charles was taken to the Morgan City Police Department and held. She was released after posting cash bail.

—Derrick J. Riley, 24, of Laurel Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:42 p.m. Saturday for simple battery on a police officer, and resisting an officer.

Officers were dispatched to a Laurel Street address regarding a person refusing to exit a complainant’s vehicle. Officers located Riley still inside the vehicle. Officers ordered Riley to step from the vehicle. Riley refused, becoming belligerent toward officers.

Riley eventually exited the vehicle and lunged towards an officer in an attempt to push the officer. The officer was able to subdue Riley. He continued to resist and had to be physically restrained. Riley was taken to the Morgan City Police Department and released after posting cash bail.

—James Carlton Herring Jr., 45, of Pacific Street in New Orleans, was arrested at 9:20 p.m. Saturday for appearing intoxicated in public and on a warrant from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for DWI, and reckless driving

Officers were dispatched to a parking lot located on La. 182 in regard to a person sleeping in the parking lot. Officers located a person who appeared highly intoxicated. Herring could not stand and smelled highly of alcoholic beverage. He was also found to be wanted in Jefferson Parish for warrants for failure to appear. He was taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he remains in jail.

—Hugo Ramirez, 35, of Lake Palourde Road in Morgan City, was arrested at 11:14 p.m. Friday for simple battery.

Officers were dispatched to a local lounge located on La. 182 in regard to a fight. Officers arrived and discovered a person who appeared to be injured.

A witness advised that another person, identified as Ramirez, struck a person inside the lounge and continued to strike the person on the ground, Crouch said. Ramirez, who was located at the scene, was taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he remains in jail.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 130 complaints in the parish over a 72-hour period and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:

—Randy Clark, 26, of the 100 block of Friendship Alley in Amelia, was arrested at 2:13 a.m. Sunday for failure to report a crash and on warrants for illegal possession of stolen things and failure to appear for illegal possession of stolen things, simple battery, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Joel Boulevard in Amelia. Upon arrival, the deputy saw a truck in a ditch with no driver at the scene. During the investigation, the deputy located the driver covered in mud at his residence and identified him as Clark. Clark was taken to the parish jail and held. No bail is set.

—Destaine Daigle, 23, of the 500 block of Saint Lucy Street in Patterson, was arrested at 4:29 p.m. Friday for theft of goods, possession of schedule I and entering contraband into a penal institution. She was also charged on a warrant from St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on the charge of speeding.

A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. Upon arrival, the deputy learned from store personnel that Daigle was seen attempting to take items out of the store without paying for the goods. During the investigation, the deputy also learned of the warrant for Daigle’s arrest from St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. Daigle was taken to the parish jail and held. During the booking process, a deputy located suspected marijuana in a purse in Daigle’s possession. No bail is set.

—Wynn Whitehurst, 34, of the 100 block of Jupiter Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 1:06 p.m. Sunday for simple criminal damage to property and on a warrant for failure to appear for criminal neglect of family. A deputy responded to a report of property damage at a church in Bayou Vista. Upon arrival, the deputy saw tire tracks on the church’s property. The deputy followed the tracks to Whitehurst’s residence where the deputy located an off road vehicle that belonged to Whitehurst. Whitehurst was taken to the parish jail and held. No bail is set.

Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:

—Shunta Jones, 18, of the 300 block of Glenwood Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 7:39 p.m. Friday for simple criminal damage to property. Jones is being held with no bail set at this time.

—Lisa Darnell, 53, of the 1400 block of Cherry Street in Patterson, was arrested at 10:12 p.m. Friday for disturbing the peace intoxicated. Darnell was released on $375 bail.

Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.

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