St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith advises that over the last 24-hour reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 22 complaints and reports the following arrests:
James Louis Simon, 27, 1810 Squirrel Run, New Iberia, LA, was arrested on February 27, 2020, at 3:16 pm for speeding, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Simon was released on a summons to appear on May 18, 2020.
Carlos Wayne Joseph, 29, 1004 Big Four Corners Road, Jeanerette, LA, was arrested on February 27, 2020, at 10:32 am on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of operating a vehicle while license is suspended and stop signs. Joseph was released on a summons to appear on May 18, 2020.
Stephan Edward Taylor, 36, 417 Teche Road, Bayou Vista, LA, was arrested on February 27, 2020, at 12:37 pm for possession of schedule II (methamphetamine), violation of CDS law (drug-free zone), possession of CDS in the presence of a juvenile, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dedrick Gant, 34, 909 Willard Street, Morgan City, LA, was arrested on February 27, 2020, at 10:07 am on the following charges:
- Possession of schedule II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute
- Second or subsequent offenses
- Violation of a CDS law (drug-free zone)
- Possession of a CDS in the presence of a minor (4 counts)
- Resisting a police officer with violence or force (2 counts)
- Battery on a police officer (2 counts)
Gant was also arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of criminal neglect of family.
A deputy was patrolling the area of Anthony Street in Bayou Vista when he observed Gant, who he knew held an active warrant, walking near the intersection of Anthony and Arlington Road. The deputy made contact with Gant and advised him of the active warrant. Gant fled on foot from the deputy. K9 Buddy tracked Gant to the 400 block of Teche Road, where deputies located Gant at a residence. While attempting to take Gant into custody, Gant resisted the deputies with force. During the investigation, drugs belonging to Gant and the tenant of the residence, Taylor, was located. Gant and Taylor were transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Bail for Gant was set at $202,760.00. Bail for Taylor was set at $5,000.