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Arrest and Seizure of Drugs/Handguns


St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith announces an arrest and seizure of Drugs and Handguns


Joseph Benoit, 55, 310 West 3rd Street, Iowa, LA, was arrested on June 13, 2019, at 10:51 am on the following charges:

  • Speeding 11 to 15 mph
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of schedule I drugs
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of THC wax
  • Possession of legend drug without a prescription
  • Possession of schedule IV drugs (x2)

A deputy was stationary on U.S. Highway 90 in Bayou Vista when he observed a vehicle traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Benoit. Through the investigation, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and guns were found. 

Among the items seized were:

  • smoking pipes
  • two grinders
  • digital scale
  • 33 grams of marijuana
  • 3 cartridges of THC oil
  • 3 Clonazepam pills
  • Alprazolam pill
  • 5 pieces of Psilocybin
  • 6 Gabapentin pills
  • Glendel .380 handgun
  • Smith & Wesson M&P .45 handgun


Illegal weapons seized


Benoit was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. No bail has been set.


Public Information Officer

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office