March 01, 2017  |  01:24 pm

The St. Tammany Parish Highway Enforcement Unit had a productive and busy February. Here are some of the noteworthy incidents:

On February 9th, a traffic stop was conducted on Interstate 12, and deputies came into contact an illegal alien from Mexico. The subject was identified as 37-year-old, Ezequiel Guardiola Carreon, who is a known drug trafficker, had previous charges for assault and battery on law enforcement, been arrested for seven DWI's, and had been deported several times in the past. He was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol and has since been deported.

On February 15th, a traffic stop was conducted on Interstate 12, and deputies came into contact with a Texas woman, 42-year-old, Shannon Thompson. Deputies located approximately eight ounces of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. Thomson was arrested for Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (cocaine), Possession of Marijuana, and for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Later that same evening (February 15), the Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a known money smuggler. This individual has been stopped multiple times with large amounts of cash, proven to be “dirty money” from narcotics trafficking. Deputies located and sized $7,800 of suspected “dirty money” during the traffic stop. The investigation is still on-going in this case.

On February 23rd, the St. Tammany Parish Highway Enforcement Unit made an arrest on 39-year-old, Jerimiah Cleaver, for driving a stolen vehicle on Interstate 12.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Honda CRV, which had a switched license plate. Upon further investigation, the vehicle was determined to be stolen out of the East Baton Rouge area. Inside of the vehicle, deputies also located suspected heroin and a stolen license plate from the Denham Springs area.

Cleaver was charged with: Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Left of Center, and for having a Switched License Plate.

Cleaver was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail where he has yet to post bond.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “After only a few months, the Highway Enforcement Unit has proven to be successful. Proactive enforcement on our interstates will continue. We are catching some bad criminals, and taking them off the streets. There is no doubt in my mind that bigger things have yet to come.”