According to St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert the Narcotics Division made the following arrests:
Matthew Batiste, 58, 738 Oregon Street, Berwick, LA was arrested on December 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm for the following violations:
- Improper lane usage
- General speed law
- Flight from an officer
- Obstruction of justice
- Possession of Schedule I (marijuana)
- Possession of Schedule II (hydrocodone) with intent to distribute
- Possession of Schedule II (Percocet) with intent to distribute
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor
Morrianne Hatcher, 26, 427 Garber Street, Morgan City, LA was arrested on December 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm for possession of Schedule I (marijuana).
Detectives of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Section observed a vehicle traveling 80 miles per hour in a posted 70 miles per hour zone on US Highway 90 in the Centerville area. Detectives also observed the vehicle cross over the fog line multiple times. Detectives and a deputy patrolling the area initiated a traffic stop. The driver failed to pull over. While following the vehicle, detectives observed the driver throwing small white objects from the window. The driver of the vehicle then stopped. Detectives made contact with the occupants and observed a passenger, later identified as Hatcher, in possession of marijuana. The driver, Batiste, and Hatcher were detained. Detectives also checked on the welfare of a toddler who was inside the vehicle. During the investigation, detectives found evidence that Batiste had attempted to eat a marijuana cigarette. Detectives retrieved the illegal substance. During a search of the car, detectives located a prescription pill bottle containing over 3 dozen hydrocodone pills and a Percocet pill. Batiste was unable to provide a prescription for the drugs. Detectives then found evidence that Batiste was selling the medication. Batiste was transported to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set. Hatcher was released on a summons to appear in court on March 8, 2017.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert advises that over the last 24-hour reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 25 complaints and reports the following arrests:
Ramus Martin, 50, 2424 Hickory Street, Metairie, LA was arrested on December 7, 2016 at 10 :37 am on a warrant for issuing worthless checks. A correctional officer transported Martin from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center. Bail on the charge is set at $1,000.
Dontrell Lewis, 26, 236 Robin Street, Morgan City, LA was arrested on December 7, 2016 at 7:31 pm for theft of goods.
Brandon Durkins, 26, 207 Mallard Lane, Morgan City, LA was arrested on December 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm for the following offenses:
- No driver’s license
- No insurance
- No proof of registration in vehicle
- Switched license plate
- 5 warrants from Houma City Court for failure to appear on seatbelt violations and no driver’s license
A deputy responded to a report of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy observed a male subject, identified as Lewis, walking in and out of the store taking items without paying for them and concealing them in a vehicle. The vehicle then left the parking lot of the store. The deputy stopped the car and made contact with the driver, identified as Durkins, and Lewis. During the investigation into the stolen goods, the deputy found that Durkins was driving the vehicle with a switched license plate, no registration, and no insurance. The deputy also located active warrants for Durkins out of Houma. The deputy recovered the stolen items which included clothing and toys valued at just over $180. Lewis was released on a summons to appear in court on March 8, 2017. Durkins was transported to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set.
Lionel Jones, 34, 141 Bertrand Street, Napoleonville, LA was arrested on December 8, 2016 at 4:51 am for speeding and driving with a suspended license. A deputy working radar on Highway 90 in Berwick observed a vehicle traveling 64 miles per hour in a posted 55 miles per hour zone. The deputy made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, identified as Jones. The deputy found that Jones was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Jones was released on a summons to appear in court on March 8, 2017.
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