February 09, 2021  |  08:08 am

    

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division wrapped up an investigation late last week with the arrest of three individuals.

Detectives began investigating in late 2020 after they were made aware of suspected illegal narcotics distribution by Richard “Blake” Johnston and Stephen Arthur, who both resided on Crawford Road in Pearl River.

On Feb 4, at the culmination of investigation, detectives executed a search warrant at Arthur’s residence.

At that location they seized approximately one ounce of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $2,200, numerous dosage units of unlawfully possessed sublingual suboxone, drug paraphernalia associated with the use and distribution of narcotics, a semi-automatic handgun and a semi-automatic rifle.

Arthur, who is a convicted felon currently on probation, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:

L.R.S. 40:967AC Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamine) with the Intent to Distribute
L.R.S. 40:968C Possession of Schedule II (Suboxone)
L.R.S. 14:95E Illegal Carrying of Weapons
L.R.S. 14:95.1 Possession of Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies
L.R.S. 14:0899 Probation Violation
L.R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
L.R.S. 32:415 Driving under Suspension
L.R.S. 32:57.1 Failure to Honor Written Promise to Appear

Furthering their investigation on Crawford Road at the residence of Richard “Blake” Johnston and Karen Waddell, detectives also discovered and seized approximately 13 and one half ounces (380 grams) of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $30,000, 6 grams of marijuana, a sublingual suboxone, drug paraphernalia associated with the use and distribution of narcotics, and $3,245 believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

Waddell was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:

L.R.S. 40:967AC Possession of Greater than 28 grams of Schedule II (Methamphetamine) With the Intent to Distribute
L.R.S. 10:1041 Transactions involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses
L.R.S. 40:966C Possession of Scheudule I (Marijuana)
L.R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 

Johnston was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:

L.R.S. 40:967AC Possession of greater than 28 grams of Schedule II (Methamphetamine) with the Intent to Distribute
L.R.S. 40:968C Possession of Schedule II (Suboxone)
L.R.S. 10:1041 Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses
L.R.S. 40:966C Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana)
L.R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

He is also being held on a fugitive warrant out of Mississippi and on a contempt of court warrant related to a misdemeanor theft charge.

“This is not the kind of business we want taking place in our neighborhoods. If you know of people dealing drugs in our parish, report it,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “The only way we can keep St. Tammany safe is if we continue to work together.”

Sheriff Smith is asking anyone with information about narcotics, or other crimes, to submit a tip utilizing the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office website (www.stpso.com), or by calling the narcotics tip line (1-888-GO-2-JAIL).