Fugitive arrested at local hospital
Published 4:22 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Washington Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton for a variety of outstanding warrants Nov. 28 at Riverside Hospital.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Justin Wayne Stafford, 29, was acting suspicious when deputies noticed him. Stafford had three outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges for possession of cocaine traffic offenses and disturbing the peace by fighting.
The deputy took Stafford into custody and transported him to the jail.
During a search while being admitted to the jail, it was discovered that Stafford had cocaine and Suboxone pain strips on his person.
He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail and no bond has been set at this time.
Stafford has been in the Washington Parish Jail on three previous occasions.
On Dec. 13, 2013, he was arrested for possession of schedule IV drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released the same day after posting a $5,000 bond.
On May 21, 2016, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of schedule IV drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released May 28, 2016, after posting an $11,500 bond.
On Sept. 8, 2016, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was released the following day after posting a $2,500 bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal congratulated the deputy on his quick action in apprehending Stafford.
“Our alert deputy did an excellent job in this matter,” said Seal. “Only Stafford knows why he was at the hospital and it is beyond reason to understand why anyone would bring illegal drugs into a hospital setting. The alertness of our deputy may have prevented another crime.”