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BPD: Alleged drug dealer arrested

An alleged drug dealer was arrested this week, according to Bogalusa Police Department officials.

Officials said that Ptn. Justin Blackwell and Lt. Jeff Bergeron stopped a pick-up truck on Wednesday in the 600 block of Columbia Street for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck, identified as Jermaine P. Love, 41, of Bogalusa, reportedly exited the truck and fled from officers on foot. Officers gave chase, and quickly subdued and arrested Love.

Jermaine Love

In Love’s possession, officers located 4.7 grams of marijuana, 3.1 grams of crack cocaine, seven oxycodone tablets, and one suspected ecstasy tablet, BPD officials said. Love also reportedly had $1,265.00 in cash concealed in his sock — suspected proceeds from illegal narcotics transactions.

BPD officials said that a search of Love’s vehicle was conducted, and officers located and seized another 2.5 grams of crack cocaine. The license plate displayed on the truck was reportedly found to be stolen.

Love was booked into the Bogalusa City Jail for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana-fourth offense, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of ecstasy, resisting an officer, flight from an officer, illegal possession of stolen things, driving under suspension, switched license plate, tail lights violation, and no insurance. He was later transferred to the Washington Parish Jail for housing.

The $1,265 and the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up, in which the narcotics were transported, were seized pending forfeiture.

BPD officials said that Love has a history of illegal narcotics violations. They also noted that Ptn. Blackwell, Lt. Bergeron, Sgt. Ceaser, and Pfc. Miller, under the command of Capt. McDaniel, are to be commended for their proactive police work, and for taking another drug dealer off of the streets.