During a narcotics investigation yesterday morning involving members of the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force, a suspect fled from his vehicle and into a wooded area off Hwy 434 near Berry Todd Rd. in the Lacombe area. Located at the scene was approximately 1 kilogram of cocaine.
The suspect, Derrick Johnson (1023 Gemini Dr., Reserve, LA – DOB: 11/1/1975) has an extensive criminal background, including violent offenses, as well as being on active parole with the Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole.
Two other individuals at the scene who were involved with Johnson were:
Jarvis Jackson (125 N. W 12th St., Reserve, LA – DOB: 6/29/1960)
Clifton Nicholson (1029 Gemini Dr., Reserve, LA – DOB: 10/26/1988)
Both were booked with possession with the intent to distribute Schedule II (cocaine) over 400 grams and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute schedule II (cocaine) over 400 grams.
Deputies established a perimeter and began a search for Johnson with the aid of K-9, Operations Division, Criminal Patrol and air support from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Slidell Police also contributed K-9 assistance to the effort. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Johnson was located by K-9 units hiding in a heavily wooded area near the original scene. After refusing to comply with deputies, Johnson was bit by the K-9 and subdued. Johnson was later booked into the jail on the charges of possession with the intent to distribute Schedule II (cocaine) over 400 grams, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute schedule II (cocaine) over 400 grams, resisting an officer and resisting an officer by violence or threats of violence.
The St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force is comprised of members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Mandeville Police Department.