On Monday, October 31, 2016, a WPSO Criminal Patrol Deputy, observed a red Chevrolet driving erratically on Highway 10 east of Highway 439. The vehicle was stopped and as the deputy approached the back of the vehicle he detected a strong odor consistent with the smell of marijuana.
The deputy instructed the driver of the vehicle to exit and performed a pat frisk for officer safety. The deputy then approached the passenger side of the vehicle and again he detected a strong odor consistent with the smell of marijuana. The passenger was instructed to exit the vehicle and a pat frisk was conducted which revealed a small clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana. At that time the 3 other occupants were removed from the vehicle and a pat frisk was conducted for officer safety.
The driver gave permission to search the vehicle. During the search a large plastic bag was confiscated which contained approximately 24 individual wrapped bags, each containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Deputies also confiscated a grinder which we believe was used to grind up the suspected marijuana.
The passenger of the vehicle confessed to owning the marijuana and associated paraphernalia. The individual was arrested for 1 count of possession with intent to distribute schedule I, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. An order of detention was obtained a 22nd Judicial District Court Judge and the juvenile was placed in the custody of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
“I want to commend Criminal Patrol Deputy Stephen K. Glenn for being alert and apprehending this young dealer. His efforts removed a significant amount of drugs off the street. I am hopeful that this young person will face the consequences of his decision and turn away from a life of crime. This young person has time to make amends and live life within the law.” Said Sheriff Seal.