Gunshots investigation leads to drug bust

Published 10:05 am Friday, August 7, 2020

An investigation into a “shots fired” call led Bogalusa Police Officers to discover marijuana plants being grown in the nearby forest, according to Det. Capt. David Miller of the BPD.

Miller said that officers assigned to the BPD Criminal Patrol Division responded Thursday morning to the 1300 block of Byrd Avenue, in reference to the “shots fired” call.

Jaquan Brumfield

“During the course of the investigation, while searching a wooded area for the shooter, officers discovered a marijuana grow consisting of 15 plants,” Miller said. “A water hose was found with the plants, and it appeared they had been recently watered.”

Miller said that officers traced the hose back to a set of apartments on Byrd Avenue, and obtained a search warrant for the premises. While awaiting the search warrant to be signed, a man exited the apartment, later identified as Jaquan Brumfield. Miller said that Brumfield was found to have active warrants from Bogalusa and New Orleans, and was placed under arrest.

BPD officers then executed the search warrant at Brumfield’s apartment, Miller said. Inside the apartment, officers seized a .40-caliber handgun, a 9mm handgun, an AR-15 rifle, ammunition, marijuana seeds, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and over $5,100 in U.S. currency.

Brumfield admitted to firing the shots that led officers to the area, Miller said.

Brumfield was charged with illegal use of a dangerous weapon, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a legend drug, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and fugitive from an outside agency. Brumfield was booked into the Bogalusa City Jail, and later transferred to the Washington Parish Jail.