Hammond man arrested with drugs in vehicle

Published 1:24 pm Thursday, March 3, 2022

Michael Dempsey Alexander, 37, a resident of Hammond, was arrested on Wednesday when a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detective encountered him after a traffic stop on Louisiana Highway 16, just east of the Louisiana Highway 450 intersection. Alexander did not have a license to operate the vehicle, according to WPSO Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley.

Due to the strong odor of marijuana emanating from Alexander’s car, other responding narcotics detectives searched the vehicle, Haley said. During the search of the vehicle and a corresponding search of Alexander, detectives reportedly discovered illegal drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and nasal Narcan. Alexander was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Alexander was booked into jail on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, improper lane usage and having no driver’s license. His bond was set at $50,000.

“The logical assumption is that he was traveling to Washington Parish to sell drugs,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Thankfully, due to the diligence of our narcotics detectives, that did not happen. The next stop for Mr. Alexander will be the District Attorney’s office.”