Traffic stops lead to narcotics arrests

Published 8:32 am Friday, July 31, 2015

Bogalusa Police Department Patrolman Jeff Bergeron had two traffic stops over the last few days that resulted in significant drug seizures.

On the evening of July 17, Bergeron pulled over a vehicle driven by Bogalusa’s Phillip Johnson, 32, on Richmond Street in front of Zesto Drive Inn.

“I could smell the marijuana on him,” Bergeron said. “He was acting real nervous. His license was suspended, and he was acting real squirrely. I located a pill bottle with a small amount of marijuana in the center console. When I got him back to the office, I knew I was going to find more. I did an extended search, and we located a gallon-size Ziploc bag of marijuana in his left pant leg.”

Bergeron said the marijuana weighed 451 grams, or approximately a pound.

“The marijuana was fresh off a bale or brick of marijuana,” Bergeron said. “It was highly compressed.”

Johnson was charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 drugs, introduction of contraband into a penal institution, no headlights, driving under suspension, and three counts failure to appear. Johnsonw as released from the Washington Parish Jail Thursday after posting a $25,700 bond.

“This is the second time in my career that I got a pound of marijuana off a traffic stop,” Bergeron said.

At 9:42 p.m. on July 27, Bergeron stopped Bogalusa’s Omunnakawe Jackson for having but one headlight. During a search, Bergeron discovered cocaine hidden in a cigarette pack.

Jackson was charged with possession of cocaine, expired license plate, driving under suspension and driving with one headlight.

Jackson was transferred to Washington Parish Jail on Thursday.