You can obviously be arrested for driving the wrong way on a one-way street – but especially if illegal drugs are found in the vehicle.
Sheriff James Pohlmann said a man now living in Chalmette and one from New Orleans were stopped Monday afternoon, Nov. 14, going the wrong way in the 2500 block of Packenham Drive – near the driver’s residence – by agents of the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division.
The sheriff said the traffic stop ultimately led to the finding of a substantial amount of drugs worth at least $17,000, including 4.3 ounces of powdered MDMA, nearly1.5 ounces of heroin, 58 prescription pills, nearly an ounce of marijuana, as well as four guns including a shotgun and $855 cash.
After the stop, an initial investigation by agents found two handguns, 54 Tramadol pain pills, 21 grams of marijuana and two Oxycodone pain pills in the vehicle, the sheriff said.
Both the driver, Terrence Dejean, 23, 2512 Packenham Drive; and passenger Eddie Patterson, 26, of New Orleans a convicted felon, were arrested.
From the findings in the vehicle, both were booked with possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, with possession with intent to distribute the Tramadol and marijuana and possession of the Oxycodone.
Patterson was also booked with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
But a search warrant for Dejean’s residence was also obtained from a judge.
At the residence, 4.3 ounces of powdered MDMA worth an estimated $12,100, nearly 1.5 ounces of heroin worth $4,000, two hydrocodone tablets, some marijuana, the shotgun and a handgun and $855 cash was found, Sheriff Pohlmann said. Several types of drug paraphernalia including scales were also located.
Dejean was booked alone with possession with intent to distribute heroin and MDMA, and possession of marijuana, the hydrocodone and drug paraphernalia found in the residence.
The two men were being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison, with bond for Dejean set at $100,000 and bond for Patterson set at $30,000.