On November 28, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy working a detail at Riverside Hospital in Franklinton noticed a person who was acting in a suspicious manner. The deputy determined the man was not at the hospital for medical treatment, but had accompanied a friend there.
The deputy was able to identify the man as Justin Wayne Stafford, 29, a resident of Nobles Cemetery Road in Franklinton and determined that Stafford had three outstanding warrants.
- Failure to Appear—Possession of Cocaine
- Failure to Appear—Traffic offenses
- Failure to Appear—Disturbing the Peace by fighting
The deputy took Stafford into custody and transported him to the jail. During a search while being admitted to the jail, it was discovered that Stafford had cocaine and Suboxone pain strips on his person. He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail and no bond has been set at this time.
Stafford has been in the Washington Parish Jail on three previous occasions.
On December 13, 2013, he was arrested for Possession of Schedule IV drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released the same day after posting a $5,000 bond.
On May 21, 2016, he was arrested for Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Schedule IV drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released May 28, 2016, after posting an $11,500 bond.
On September 8, 2016, he was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released the following day after posting a $2,500 bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal congratulated the deputy on his quick action in apprehending Stafford. “Our alert deputy did an excellent job in this matter. Only Stafford knows why he was at the hospital and it is beyond reason to understand why anyone would bring illegal drugs into a hospital setting. The alertness of our deputy may have prevented another crime.”