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On Thursday September 01, investigators with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Section were in the area of the festival grounds on Front Street for security related to the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. While in the area, investigators located a 17-year-old juvenile in a vehicle that was in possession of a rifle and a large amount of ammunition. Officers with the Morgan City Police Department responded with these investigators, and the firearm in question was found to be reported stolen.
Evidence was uncovered that the juvenile may have been in the area for nefarious purposes. The juvenile was taken into custody by officers of the Morgan City Police Department and charged with Terrorizing and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. The juvenile is currently detained pending juvenile proceedings.
Interim Chief Mark E. Griffin Jr. and the Morgan City Police Department said, “We want to remind the great citizens and those who plan to attend the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival that the safety of everyone is paramount. Officers from multiple agencies will be present on festival grounds throughout the holiday weekend. Remember if you 𝐒𝐞𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐒𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠. All you have to do is find one of the various law enforcement officers positioned throughout the grounds and alert them to any situation.”