Man arrested again after release from jail

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Bogalusa man was arrested again, just a day after his release from jail for a previous arrest, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that Nicholas Tyler Vaughn, 21, of South Dogwood Drive, was first arrested on Wednesday, March 1 for fraudulent acquisition of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from jail on Thursday, after posting a $10,500 bond.

Haley said that Vaughn was arrested again late Friday evening, and was placed back in the Washington Parish Jail on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. As of Tuesday, he remained in jail with bond set at $28,500.

Haley said that Vaughn’s latest earned trip to jail began with information received by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office that Vaughn was perhaps in possession of heroin and on his way to the Sportsman Inn Motel on Highway 21, south of Bogalusa.

A WPSO patrol sergeant went to the motel parking lot and spotted Vaughn exiting a pickup truck, Haley said. The sergeant approached Vaughn and reportedly noticed a hypodermic needle protruding from a front pocket of his trousers. The sergeant knew Vaughn from past encounters and his propensity to be involved with illegal drugs, Haley said. At that time, the sergeant placed Vaughn under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A subsequent officer safety search of Vaughn revealed four aluminum pouches, which Vaughn reportedly admitted contained heroin. Vaughn was then advised that he was also under arrest for possession of heroin. The drug paraphernalia and heroin were collected and processed as evidence in the arrest, Haley said.

“Heroin is an awful drug,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Once it gets its venomous talons into a person, it controls that person’s life until either intervention and rescue or death. Today’s heroin is even more dangerous with the introduction of fentanyl, a highly toxic drug, which is often mixed with the heroin, frequently leading to the death of the user.

“Our patrol deputies, our detectives and our Drug Task Force work diligently throughout our parish to help remove illegal drugs from our streets. I congratulate our fine sergeant for making this arrest and, perhaps, saving Vaughn’s life.”