Parish man arrested for 14th time

Published 10:21 am Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Franklinton man was arrested Thursday, for the 14th time in seven years, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Acting on numerous complaints from concerned citizens, the WPSO’s Drug Task Force detectives and agents from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole arrested Terry Lane Watson, 37. Watson is a resident of Highway 1072 near Franklinton.

Haley said that the officers arrested Watson at his residence and recovered several used and unused syringes with needles attached and a digital scale. Watson was transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

While dressing Watson out in jail clothing, officers discovered a zip-lock baggie containing methamphetamine in one of his pockets, Haley said.

He was booked into the jail, and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watson is currently on probation and no bond has been set at this time.

Haley said that Watson’s first arrest was in February of 2011, when he was 30 years old. His other jail stays were in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. His multiple arrests were for drug offenses, driving while intoxicated, burglary, theft, contempt of court and probation violation, Haley said.

“Fourteen jail stays in seven years is not good,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Sooner or later, Mr. Watson must take personal responsibility for his behavior and make some serious lifestyle decisions. Otherwise, the future does not bode well for him.”