MC search warrant yields big drug bust

A search warrant netted 50 grams of cocaine in Morgan City Friday evening.

The Morgan City Police Department, aided by the Patterson Police Department and St. Mary Sheriff's Department, executed a search warrant around 5:30 p.m., at 121 Eleventh St., MCPD Chief Marc Folse said.

Arrested at 7:24 p.m. were:

—Torey Cormier, 31, of La. 317 in Centerville, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine (All cocaine found was determined to be his), and warrants for two counts of distribution of cocaine.

His bond is $150,000 on the warrants. No bond has been set for the possession charge this morning.

—Keshia Martinez, 23, of Eleventh Street in Morgan City, charged on a warrant for distribution of cocaine. Bond is set at $100,000.

—Tieyon Martinez, 25, of Eleventh Street in Morgan City, charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine. Bond is set at $100,000.

—Elvira Span, 45, Eleventh Street in Morgan City, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Vicodin). No bond set as of this morning.

The search warrant was the result of a narcotics trafficking investigation in the area which was conducted by MCPD Narcotics Division. The investigation included several undercover buys from suspects in the area, Folse added.

In addition to the cocaine, in both powder and rock form, investigators seized a digital scale and packaging material, Folse said.

In other, unrelated arrests, Eric S. Hartley, 26, of Terrebonne Street in Morgan City was charged with simple burglary of a vehicle and disturbing the peace intoxicated at 12:41 a.m. Sunday.

Officers were dispatched to the Holiday Inn parking lot in Morgan City to investigate an individual attempting to get into several of the vehicles, the chief said.

When officers arrived, Hartley was found to have a medicine bottle with someone else’s name on it. By using the last name on the bottle and checking license plates in the area, officers were able to locate the owner of the burglarized vehicle, Folse said.

Hartley was booked into the City Jail, where he remained this morning with no bond set.

In Patterson, police arrested cousins Traylin D. Smith, 18, and Manidrell D. Smith, 30, both of Patterson, at 1:08 p.m. Saturday. Each was charged with two counts of battery on a police officer and disturbing the peace by fighting.

The cousins were fighting in a pool hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Patterson at closing time Saturday morning. When officers working the detail there attempted to break them up and send them home, the pair turned on the officers, Police Chief Patrick LaSalle said.

Warrants were issued and served later that day. T. Smith remained incarcerated this morning in lieu of a $1,574 bond, while M. Smith was released after posting the same amount in bond.

Meanwhile, Bobby R. Mouton, 37, of Wise Street in Patterson was arrested at 1:14 a.m. Saturday for burglary of a vehicle.

He stole a purse from his girlfriend’s vehicle, which was parked on First Street in Patterson, LaSalle said.

Mouton remained incarcerated this morning with no bond set.

A Morgan City man was arrested for his third DWI charge after a high-speed exit from the U.S. 90 bridge resulted in a vehicle leap and crash behind Atchafalaya Health Club in Morgan City.

Benjamin M. Reilly, 23, of Glenwood Street was charged at 1:13 a.m. Friday with third offense driving while intoxicated and reckless operation with an accident.

Morgan City Police Chief Marc Folse said witnesses observed Reilly exit the bridge at a high rate of speed onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Morgan City when he failed to navigate the roadway, jumped over the median and launched the vehicle into the nearby field.

Before coming to a rest in a drainage ditch, the vehicle also struck a culvert in the field, the chief said.

Reilly was treated by Acadian Ambulance personnel but refused further medical treatment. He was placed under arrest for the reckless operation of his vehicle and, once at the station, submitted to an Intoxilyzer test which he failed with a .170 grams-percent blood alcohol content, Folse said.

Reilly remained incarcerated Friday with no bond set.

Brett Sanders, 20, of Lagonda Street in Bayou Vista was arrested Thursday at 5:02 p.m. for turn signal required, possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of Lortab and misuse of toxic vapors.

Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents patrolling the Bayou Vista area conducted a traffic stop on Southeast Boulevard. During a search of the vehicle, the drugs were located, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

Sanders was booked into the parish jail where he remained Friday with no bond set.

Jimmy McGraw, 31, of Red Cypress Road in Patterson was arrested Thursday at 6:51 p.m. for possession of Endocet (pain medication), illegal possession of stolen things and on warrants for failure to appear for criminal neglect of family and probation violation.

Task force agents, aided by the Morgan City Police Department, executed a search warrant at McGraw’s residence where they located the pills and stolen firearms, Hebert said.

McGraw was booked into the parish jail where he remained Friday with no bond set.

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