SBSO ARRESTS HARVEY MAN ON NARCOTICS, WEAPONS CHARGES
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested a Harvey man on various narcotics and weapons charges following an investigation by the Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Ernest Williams, 28, of the 2700 block of Whitney Avenue in Harvey, was booked with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, illegal possession of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated criminal damage to property, resisting a police officer with force or violence, possession of drug paraphernalia, driver must be licensed, suspended driver’s license, improper display of temporary license plate tag, and eight outstanding fugitive warrants.
On Nov. 2, around 1:40 p.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit agents who were making proactive patrols in the Chalmette area conducted a traffic stop for an unreadable temporary license plate tag on a vehicle traveling eastbound on East St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette near Seelos Court.
During the traffic stop, the driver, later identified as Williams, refused to stop and struck a St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office unit in the process.
Once Williams was in custody, agents saw in plain sight on the seat of his vehicle a Glock 9.mm handgun with an extended magazine. They also recovered from the vehicle a 7.62 round Draco pistol with a magazine and two digital scales.
During the investigation, Williams also was found to be in possession of several large clear plastic bags and several small individually wrapped clear plastic bags containing a combined total weight of 16.6 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $1,660; several large clear plastic bags and several small individually wrapped clear plastic bags with a combined total weight of 9.5 grams of heroin and fentanyl with an estimated street value of $950; and two large clear plastic bags containing a combined total weight of 19.7 grams of cocaine and fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1,970.
A criminal background check was conducted on Williams which revealed he is a convicted felon, is on active probation and parole and has a suspended driver’s license.
Agents learned Williams has a combined eight active outstanding warrants out of the Gretna Police Department, the Westwego Police Department, the Kenner Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He also has a probation and parole warrant for absconding out of St. Tammany Parish.
It also was discovered the temporary license plate tag on Williams’ vehicle belongs to a different vehicle registered in Texas.
Based on the above findings, Williams was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked on the above charges. His bond has been set at $333,350.
Sheriff Pohlmann reminds residents to call the Sheriff’s Office narcotics hotline at (504) 271-DOPE or 3673 to report suspected illegal drug activity in St. Bernard Parish. Callers can remain anonymous, and all calls will be acted upon.