St. Mary Parish Sheriff Scott Anslum advises that over the last 24-hour reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 32 complaints and reports the following arrests:
Nicole Watson, 48, 216 Jupiter Street, Bayou Vista, LA was arrested on July 31, 2018, at 4:02 pm for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy patrolling Bayou Vista responded to a local business for an unrelated theft complaint. Through the investigation, the deputy made contact with Watson in a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. While speaking with Watson, the deputy could smell a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The deputy received consent to search the vehicle and located marijuana and a grinder. Watson was released on a summons to appear in court on October 5, 2018.
Javier Castro, 29, 3091 Highway 70, Morgan City, LA, was arrested on July 31, 2018, at 4:52 pm on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of speeding and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Castro was transported from the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail and transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Castro was released on a $2,000 bond.
Kenneth Phillips, 49, 128 Miggy Lane, Baldwin, LA was arrested on July 31, 2018, at 4:52 pm on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of operating a vehicle without insurance. Phillips was transported from the Vermillion Parish Jail to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. No bail is set.
Wendall Hines, 25, 1270 Big Four Road, Four Corners, LA was arrested on July 31, 2018, at 4:56 pm for the following offenses:
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of Schedule II (liquid codeine) with intent to distribute
- Possession of Schedule II (cocaine) with intent to distribute
- Possession of Schedule II (crack cocaine) with intent to distribute
- Violation of uniformed controlled dangerous substance law (church)
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor
Detectives with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Section and Morgan City Police Department Narcotics Division executed a no-knock search warrant at 1270 Big Four Corners Road, the residence of Hines. The search warrant stemmed from an investigation where detectives found evidence that Hines sold illegal narcotics from his residence. During the search, detectives located a pistol, illegal narcotics, and items of drug paraphernalia in Hines’ bedroom. Detectives located a minor child in the residence during the search, and also found that Hines’ residence was located within a couple of hundred feet of a church. Hines was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Hines was released on a $50,500 bond.
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St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office