Kentwood man arrested on drug charges

Published 1:16 pm Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Washington Parish deputies arrested a Kentwood man on drug charges Wednesday, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Early Wednesday morning, WPSO patrol deputies traveled to Robin Lane near Franklinton to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the roadway, Haley said. Upon arriving, officers reportedly discovered Michael Chanse Graham, 42, a resident of Highway 1055 near Kentwood, sitting in his pickup truck.

Haley said that Graham could not produce paperwork identifying him as the owner of the vehicle, which had a switched license plate. He also could not produce a driver’s license or proof of insurance, Haley said.

“What Graham did have, was a quantity of illegal drugs and hypodermic needles,” Haley said.

Graham was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail, where he was booked on charges of possession of heroin, possession of Suboxone without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrest.

“At 3:30 a.m., while law-abiding citizens in Washington Parish were sleeping or working the night shift, our deputies were making a drug arrest in our community,” he said. “That is what we do. Twenty-four hours per day, our officers are working throughout the parish responding to complaints and seeking out those persons who violate our laws. I am so grateful for the hard work of all of our patrol deputies, detectives, jail deputies, dispatchers and all other staff persons who work their respective shifts with only one goal in mind, and that is to protect the residents of Washington Parish.”