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New Iberia Police Seizes Narcotics and Firearms During Three Stops and One Investigation


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The New Iberia Police Department, in Partnership with Our Community, investigated reports of individuals making threats of Violence over the past week. Several arrests were made and NIPD will continue to take a Proactive Approach to Any and All Concerns of Potential Violence in the Community
On September 12, 2022, the New Iberia Police Department Directed Patrol Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on West Washington Street near Lasalle Street.
Contact was made with the driver, identified as 21-year-old Andrew Bernard. During the investigation, Officers asked Bernard for permission to search the vehicle, which he denied.
The NIPD’s K-9 Unit was utilized and indicated a positive alert for the presence of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Officers recovered suspected marijuana, alprazolam pills, and acetaminophen and oxycodone pills. Officers additionally recovered a firearm.
Bernard was arrested and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the charges of:
• Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substance
• Possession of a firearm with a Controlled Dangerous Substance
• Second or Subsequent drug offenses
• Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
• Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance
• Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance
• Traffic Charges
On September 20, 2022, members of the New Iberia Police Department’s Directed Patrol Unit and K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Abraham Roy Street.
Upon contacting the occupants, Officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The passenger Brianna Mccoy admitted to having marijuana.
While continuing the investigation, the driver identified as Charles Lanaute fled from Officers on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Lanaute was taken into custody.
Officers recovered additional narcotics and a firearm from the vehicle.
Mccoy was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the charges of:
• Possession of a Schedule I CDS
• Possession of a Schedule II CDS
• Possession of a Legend Drug (2 Counts)
• Possession of Narcotics in Drug-Free Zone
Lanaute was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the charges of:
• No Driver’s License
• Resisting an Officer
• Failure to Signal
The firearm was seized, and additional charges are likely.
On September 21, 2022, the New Iberia Police Department received a complaint of an individual with a firearm in the 900 block of Mississippi Street. The individual was identified as Bryson Maturin of New Iberia.
While responding to the location, Officers were informed the individual went into an apartment located in the 900 block of Mississippi Street.
Officers arrived and contacted the occupants of the apartment. Maturin was located inside of the apartment.
During the investigation, two firearms were located inside the apartment. One of the firearms was found to have been reported stolen.
Maturin was arrested and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the charge of
• Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.
On September 22, 2022, the New Iberia Police Department responded to Deare Street after receiving a report that an occupant of a vehicle riding in the area had pointed a firearm at the complainant.
While in the area, Officer heard several gunshots. Officers immediately went to the area where they heard the gunshots and observed a vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1300 block of Twenty Arpent Road. The vehicle proceeded into the parking lot of an apartment complex and pulled into a parking spot. The occupants of the vehicle exited and began walking away.
Upon approaching the vehicle, Officers observed a firearm and suspected marijuana in plain view inside the vehicle.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. During the search Officers recovered (3) Firearms, approximately (😎 pounds of suspected marijuana, and approximately $3,600.00 in U.S. Currency.
Jude Daniels of New Iberia was arrested and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the charges of:
• Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I CDS
• Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS
• Drug Proceeds
Daniels’ bond was set at $165,000
Christine Antione of New Iberia was arrested and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the charges of:
• Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I CDS
• Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon
• Second or Subsequent Drug Offenses
• Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS
• Drug Proceeds
Antoine’s bond was set at $315,000
Marlon Phillips of New Iberia was arrested and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the charges of:
• Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I CDS
• Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS
Phillips bond was set at $150,000
Once again, the New Iberia Police Department stands by its pledge “ZERO TOLERANCE FOR GUN VIOLENCE.”
The New Iberia Police Department has increased enforcement and dedicated a group of specialized officers who focus on removing illegal firearms, narcotics, and violent offenders off the streets of New Iberia.
Community Involvement and a united partnership between citizens and NIPD will continue to increase the public’s trust and increase the citizen’s involvement with law enforcement resulting in a safer New Iberia.
NIPD continues to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative, which allows offenders possessing a firearm when prohibited to be Federally prosecuted.

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