Patrol deputies make arrest, seize drugs

Published 3:36 am Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A Washington Parish man was recently arrested on multiple drug charges, after reportedly trying to keep illegal substances in a case designed for eyeglasses, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that the WPSO received information from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and on Sunday, two WPSO patrol deputies, Sgt. Justin Blackwell and Deputy Patrick Tomberlin, responded to a residence on Ard Davidson Road, south of Highway 16 west.

Upon arrival, the officers noticed a male standing on the porch with a dark object protruding from the front pocket of his trousers, Haley said.

Grant Davidson

“Believing the object to possibly be the handle of a pistol, officers advised the man to move his hand away from the pocket area,” Haley said. “When they removed the object from the pocket, it was discovered to be a rectangular-shaped eyeglass case which contained clear plastic baggies of methamphetamine and a clear glass pipe with residue inside.”

At that point, the man, Grant Davidson, 36, was placed in handcuffs, advised of his Miranda rights and placed in the rear seat of the patrol car.

Haley said that Davidson gave permission for the deputies to search his pickup truck, which was parked on the premises.

“During the search, officers discovered a dark brown powder substance which field tested to be heroin, along with additional clear plastic baggies which are commonly used to package narcotics,” Haley said. “Deputies then searched the front porch where Davidson had been standing and discovered a quantity of marijuana, a smoking bong, an air pistol and a LSU credit card holder containing cash.”

Davidson was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. As of Tuesday morning, he remained in jail with his bond set at $10,000.

“We’re always on the lookout for illegal narcotics in our parish,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Although this was not a normal drug operation, it produced good results and took even more illegal drugs out of our community. I congratulate Sgt. Blackwell and Deputy Tomberlin on a job well done.”