St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrest Slidell man for distribution of marijuana

Garry Crabbs

A Slidell man was arrested Jan. 19 and marijuana, a handgun and nearly $50,000 in cash were recovered after a deputy conducted a traffic stop on him for a speeding violation, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Garry Lee Crabbs III, 23, of the 4700 block of Pontchartrain Drive, was booked with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a speed law violation.

On Jan. 19 shortly before 11 a.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, a deputy with the Field Operations Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed along Paris Road in Chalmette.

During the traffic stop, the deputy noticed a strong aroma of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle and observed in plain view an ammunition magazine on the vehicle’s floorboard and a handgun protruding from under the driver’s seat.

A criminal history check was conducted on Crabbs which revealed he was on probation for a prior drug conviction for distribution of marijuana, the Sheriff said.

A search warrant was obtained for Crabbs’ vehicle and agents recovered more than 2 ounces of marijuana, $49,629 in cash, a .9mm handgun, a magazine, and six .9mm shell casings.

During the search, agents also recovered a card for a storage facility in Slidell, which Crabbs admitted belonged to a storage unit he was using to store additional marijuana and another handgun.

Working in cooperation with the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, St. Bernard Narcotics Agents obtained and executed a search warrant on the storage unit where they recovered a safe containing more than 2 pounds of marijuana and a .9mm handgun.

Crabbs was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison where he is being held in lieu of a $77,750 bond.