St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrest two men for selling heroin out of Chalmette hotel room

Anthony Palavicini and Phillip Preis.

A Metairie man and a man from Delta were both arrested Jan. 10 for selling illegal narcotics from a room they were renting at a Chalmette hotel, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Anthony Palavicini, 45, of the 3000 block of Houma Boulevard in Metairie, and Phillip Preis, 25, of the 500 block of Second Street in Delta, were both booked with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia after agents obtained a search warrant for their room.

Responding to a complaint from an anonymous source, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrived shortly before 8 p.m. at a hotel on Paris Road where they came in contact with Palavicini and Preis outside of their room.

After smelling a strong odor of marijuana emitting from their room, Narcotics Agents obtained a search warrant. Once inside, Sheriff Pohlmann said, the agents recovered two smoking devices containing burnt marijuana residue, six clear plastic bags containing a brown in color powder-like substance determined through field testing to be heroin, and one clear plastic bag containing a white powder-like substance which field tested positive to be cocaine. A scale also was recovered.

Palavicini and Preis were both transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked accordingly. Both are being held on $70,500 bonds.