By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
A 33-year-old Patterson man was jailed Friday after being found with more than $13,000 worth of crack cocaine, $9,300 in cash, and $1,100 worth of marijuana following a traffic stop in Bayou Vista conducted by St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
—James Gash, 33, of the 1800 block of N Street in Patterson, was arrested at 4:01 p.m. Friday for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule I MDMA, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of controlled dangerous substance law (drug free zone), possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, driving under suspension, improper display of license plate and transactions involving drug proceeds.
Narcotics detectives patrolling the Bayou Vista area observed a vehicle with no license plate displayed. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on Southeast Boulevard and made contact with the driver, identified as Gash.
Gash was found to be driving under suspension, and detectives received consent to search the vehicle, Hebert said. Detectives located several bags of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $13,000. Detectives also located several bags of high grade marijuana with a street value of about $1,140 and a bag of MDMA capsules with an approximate street value $240.
Items of drug paraphernalia including razor blades and rolling papers were found inside the vehicle as well. Detectives found $9,329 in cash on Gash, which was seized pending forfeiture. Detectives believe the money was derived from illegal drug sales. A 5-year-old child was found in the vehicle at the time the drugs were located, the sheriff said. Gash was jailed with bail set at $97,000.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 132 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Andrew Goleman, 35, of the 200 block of Railroad Avenue in Patterson, was arrested at 3:24 p.m. Friday on a warrant for operation of a clandestine laboratory. Narcotics division detectives located Goleman at his residence on the warrant. The warrant stems from an investigation of an active methamphetamine lab at a residence on Park Place Lane in Bayou Vista. Detectives identified Goleman as one of the people involved in the operation of the illegal lab, Hebert said. Goleman was jailed with no bail set.
—Henry Fontenot, 26, of the 100 block of Robicheaux Lane in Verdunville, was arrested at 12:34 p.m. Friday on a warrant for failure to provide notice as a sex offender. A deputy located Fontenot at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Franklin on the warrant. Fontenot was jailed with bail set at $30,000.
—James A. Gaines, 27, of the 100 block of Beadle Street in Amelia, was arrested at 3:16 p.m. Friday for domestic abuse battery. A deputy responded to a report of domestic abuse at a residence in Amelia. The deputy determined that Gaines and a woman were involved in an argument when Gaines pushed the woman against a wall repeatedly, Hebert said. Gaines was jailed with no bail set.
—David Bonner, 47, of the 100 block of Pecan Lane in Patterson, was arrested at 9 p.m. Sunday on a warrant for domestic abuse battery. While responding to a complaint on Pecan Lane, a deputy made contact with Bonner who was wanted on the active warrant. The warrant stems from an investigation into a domestic dispute that occurred in July 2012. The investigating deputy learned that Bonner pushed a woman following a verbal argument between the two, Hebert said. Bonner was jailed with no bail set.
—Eulalia H. McCoy, 19, of the 300 block of Sneed Street in Berwick, was arrested at 12:09 p.m. Friday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of possession of MDMA with intent to distribute. A deputy transported McCoy from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office to the St. Mary parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville on the warrant. No bail is set.
—Eleni M. Pertuz, 21, of the 4100 block of Ames Boulevard in Marrero, was arrested at 2:34 a.m. Saturday for simple battery. A deputy patrolling the Amelia area responded to a complaint of a fight at a lounge. The deputy learned that Pertuz grabbed a woman and hit her. The deputy released Pertuz on a summons to appear in court on Sept. 3.
—Dennis Gonzalez, 26, of the 100 block of Village Lane in Amelia, was arrested at 3:42 a.m. Saturday for possession of open alcoholic beverages in motor vehicles. A deputy patrolling the Amelia area conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that appeared to have an improperly lit license plate. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Gonzalez, and observed an open beer bottle inside the vehicle. Gonzalez was released on a summons to appear in court on Sept. 3.
—David Carline, 56, of the 100 block of Southeast Boulevard in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 5:24 p.m. Sunday for disturbing the peace intoxicated and remaining where forbidden. A deputy responded to a complaint of a person who refused to leave a bar on La. 182 in Bayou Vista. The deputy made contact with Carline, who was highly intoxicated. The deputy learned that Carline had been asked to leave the bar several times but refused, the sheriff said. Carline was jailed and released on a summons to appear in court Sept. 3.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests:
—Derrick Walker, 21, of Morgan City, was arrested at 1:51 a.m. Sunday for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Morgan City police were dispatched to a residence on Mallard Street in regard to a mother locating her 16-year-old daughter inside Walker’s residence.
The mother said she had noticed that her juvenile daughter was not inside of her residence. The mother went on to state that she came to the Mallard Street residence in an attempt to locate her daughter. The juvenile was located and officers learned that she and Walker had engaged in sexual activity, Banks said. Walker admitted to inappropriate behavior with the juvenile, the chief said. Walker was jailed.
—Jonathan Charles, 32, of Morgan City, was arrested at 3:01 a.m. Saturday for resisting an officer, possession of crack cocaine, obstruction of justice, on a warrant for failure to appear for trial on domestic abuse battery, warrant for failure to appear for criminal neglect of family, a warrant for failure to appear for probation review and a hold for probation and parole.
Police came into contact with Charles on Brashear Avenue. Charles attempted to give officers a fictitious name and attempted to run away, Banks said. Officers were able to catch up to Charles at which time he resisted officers’ commands to place him into custody.
The arresting officer then deployed his Taser, which struck Charles, Banks said. Once inside the police unit, officers noticed that Charles began to move around in the back seat in an attempt to hide something, the chief said.
Officers located a clear cellophane baggie that contained suspected crack cocaine in the back seat, Banks said. Charles was jailed.
—Kyle Riggins, 17, of Morgan City, was arrested at 8:05 p.m. Friday for possession of marijuana.
Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Federal Avenue near Greenwood Street. Upon speaking to the driver and the passenger, officers detected an odor of burning marijuana. Riggins told officers that he had marijuana in his shoe. Upon checking, officers located a clear baggie that contained a green vegetable matter believed to be marijuana. The item was seized for evidence and Riggins was jailed.
—Danielle Ruth Jones, 28, of Berwick, was arrested at 8:37 p.m. Friday for failure to appear for driving under suspension and improper lighting. Jones was located at the Berwick Police Department and jailed.
—Andrel Clark, 23, of Morgan City, was arrested at 9:33 p.m. Saturday for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and no seat belt.
Police conducted a traffic stop at Federal Avenue near Marshall Street in which Clark was a passenger of the vehicle. Officers smelled a strong odor of suspected burning marijuana emitting from Clark. Officers located a baggie of suspected marijuana in Clark’s right front pants pocket, Banks said. The suspected marijuana was seized and Clark was jailed.
—Miguel Velazquez, 30, of Morgan City, was arrested at 12:47 a.m. today for disturbing the peace.
Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Bush Street in regard to a disturbance. Officers spoke to a woman who advised that her husband was intoxicated and destroying the residence. Officers went into the residence and noticed that there were items thrown about the floor and holes punched in the door.
Officers located Velazquez in the back yard of the residence. Upon coming into contact with him, officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage upon his breath and person, Banks said. Velazquez was jailed.
—Aketa Francis, 21, of Morgan City, was arrested at 2:17 a.m. today for failure to appear to pay a fine for disturbing the peace, a warrant for four counts of failure to appear to pay fine for contempt of court, a warrant for failure to appear to pay fine for simple battery, and a warrant for failure to appear for trial.
Morgan City Police were dispatched to Marguerite Street in regard to a possible theft. Officers spoke to Francis and found that she was a wanted person. Francis was jailed.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrests:
—Brian Delaune, 29, of Bush Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:22 p.m. Friday on a warrant for violation of a protective order. Delaune was released on $5,000 bail.
—Brandon Grant, 31, of Utah Street in Berwick, was arrested at 10 p.m. Saturday for disturbing the peace seventh offense. Grant was released on $210 bail.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:
—Cody Notto, 22, of the 400 block of Tiffany Street in Patterson, was arrested at 10:45 p.m. Friday for simple battery. Notto was released on $500 bail.
—Samuel P. Gary, 23, of the 1700 block of Harry D Street in Patterson, was arrested at 8:12 a.m. Sunday for simple battery involving domestic violence. Gary was jailed with no bail set yet.