Bogalusa man arrested for heroin, meth

Published 9:25 am Friday, February 3, 2017

A 58-year-old Bogalusa man was arrested earlier this week on the charges of possession of heroin and meth, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that Harvie H. Miller, 58, a resident of Avenue E, was arrested by a WPSO patrol deputy Wednesday, and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of methamphetamine. He was released the same day after posting a $10,000 bond.

Haley said that the deputy was patrolling on Superior Avenue when he saw the driver of a Nissan commit a traffic offense. The driver was stopped and asked to produce a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof insurance. The deputy noticed Miller was very nervous and visibly shaking, Haley said. After Miller exited his vehicle, the deputy conducted a pat down search and then asked Miller to empty his pockets on the hood of the patrol car.

Haley said that as the deputy began to check the items that came from Miller’s pocket, Miller suddenly grabbed at his wallet, at which time the wallet fell open exposing a plastic bag. When questioned about the contents of the bag, Miller reportedly admitted that it was heroin.

At that point, the deputy placed Miller under arrest and called for a wrecker to tow Miller’s vehicle, Haley said. While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, the patrol deputy allegedly discovered more heroin, along with methamphetamine.

“Heroin and methamphetamine use and abuse is common among all age groups,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “In this case we have a 58-year-old man driving our streets while possessing these illegal drugs. I congratulate our patrol deputy for being alert and getting these drugs out of our community.”