BPD: 2 arrested, charged with drug crimes

Published 2:34 pm Friday, April 1, 2022

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In February, Bogalusa Police Violent Crimes Task Force detectives received information that Arthur Berger, 26, of Bogalusa, was receiving and distributing large quantities of marijuana in Bogalusa, according to BPD Major Wendell O’Berry.

A criminal investigation was opened into Berger’s alleged involvement in trafficking illegal narcotics.

Arthur Berger

In late March, detectives obtained information that Berger was travelling to Los Angeles, Calif., to obtain and bring back to Bogalusa a large quantity of marijuana, O’Berry said. On March 31, it was learned that Berger was flying back to New Orleans on Delta Airlines. Upon his arrival at the airport, surveillance began, as Berger and a female associate drove back to Bogalusa, O’Berry said.

“On Highway 21 South in Bogalusa, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle Berger was driving for a speeding violation,” O’Berry said. “After obtaining consent to search, detectives located THC edibles on Berger’s person and in the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle revealed a travel bag with an airport luggage tag attached with Berger’s name on it. Inside the bag, detectives located nine large bags containing over 10 and a half pounds of marijuana.”

Berger and his passenger, Kelsha Johnson, 23, also of Bogalusa, were arrested. Both were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.

Both Berger and Johnson were booked into the Bogalusa City Jail. They will be transferred to the Washington Parish Jail for housing.

The case will be forwarded to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office for prosecution.

Kelsha Johnson