Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s new Highway Enforcement Unit have had a productive June so far. Some noteworthy incidents include:
Shortly after 9 p.m. on June 19, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Buick sedan that was traveling eastbound on Interstate 12. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 24 one-pint bottles of prescription-type Promethazine Hydrochloride syrup and 50 pounds of marijuana. The driver, Kevin Dewayne Denson, a resident of San Antonio, Texas, was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II; Possession of a Legend Drug Without a Prescription and Improper Lane Use.
On June 9, a deputy stopped a Chevrolet Cruze rental car after he observed the vehicle swerve onto the shoulder of the roadway while driving eastbound on I-12. The driver, 24-year-old Derek James of Tacoma, Wash., was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as a fugitive after it was discovered he was wanted out of Washington State for escaping custody on a robbery charge.
On June 12, 36-year-old Skippy Myers of Lafayette was arrested as a fugitive out of St. Landry Parish following a traffic stop on Eastbound I-12. Myers had two active warrants through St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear on original charges of Possession Schedule II, Possession Schedule III, DWI and Driving Under Suspension.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “In a short time, our Highway Enforcement Unit has been very successful in making several proactive arrests and reducing the availability of dangerous drugs being dispersed in St. Tammany Parish."
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