January 03, 2023  |  01:15 pm

Deputy Eddie Sylve and Deputy Matthew Schenck are being commended by Sheriff Randy Smith after they located illegal drugs and weapons while investigating a suspicious vehicle.


Illegal narcotics and weapons were located after two alert St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies observed a suspicious vehicle while conducting a routine patrol over the holiday weekend.

At approximately 10 p.m. on December 30, two deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Division were conducting a routine patrol in the Covington area, when they observed a grey Nissan Altima occupied by two individuals sitting in the driveway of a closed business in the 6100 block of Pinnacle Parkway.

While speaking with the driver, they observed that he was wearing a bullet proof vest. They also observed a white pill on the driver’s side floorboard and a pistol on the back seat on the vehicle.

A subsequent search of the Nissan Altima, resulted in deputies also locating 25 units of Clonazepam, four dosage units of tizanidine hydrochloride, two dosage units of diazepam, two dosage units of acetaminophen, a 12-gauge shot gun, a 30-06 rifle and a 9mm handgun, inside the vehicle.

The driver, Dustin Everett (DOB 9/04/1982) of Amite, was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center for the following charges:

L.R.S. 14:95E Illegal Carrying of Weapons, While in Possession of CDS (four counts)
L.R.S. 14:95.3(B) Unlaw Use of Body Armor
L.R.S. 40:967 Possession of Schedule II (two counts)
L.R.S. 40:969 Possession of Schedule IV (two counts)
L.R.S. 40:1060.13 Possession of a Legend Drug

Through their investigation, deputies determined no charges would be brought against the passenger and she was released from the scene.

“Thanks to some alert deputies and proactive policing, these weapons and illegal narcotics were taken off the streets,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I commend both of these deputies for taking the extra steps to investigate when they observed something suspicious.”