SBSO ARRESTS TWO NEW ORLEANS MEN ON NARCOTICS CHARGES
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested 🔗 two New Orleans men on various narcotics charges following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon in Arabi, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Alton Mark, 43, of the 2500 block of Charbonnet Street in New Orleans, was booked with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, tail light required, suspended drivers license, resisting an officer, obstruction of justice evidence tampering, and introducing contraband into a correctional facility.
Victor Derouselle, 55, of the 1300 block of Gordon Street in New Orleans, was booked with possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, shortly before 1 p.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, Special Investigations Division Narcotics Division agents on patrol in the Arabi area witnessed the driver of a black Chevrolet Suburban with a burned out passenger tail light enter St. Bernard Parish via West Judge Perez Drive in Arabi.
After agents conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near West Judge Perez and Perrin Drive in Arabi, the driver, later identified as Mark, exited the vehicle and became uncooperative with agents. After a brief struggle with agents, Mark was taken into custody. Derouselle was taken into custody without incident.
During the traffic stop, agents noticed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Following a search of the vehicle, agents recovered several hand-rolled cigars containing marijuana, several clear plastic bags, and a digital scale.
Mark and Derouselle were both transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked.
Once at the jail, Mark continued to be uncooperative with deputies, leading agents to suspect he was hiding illegal narcotics in a body cavity.
For Mark’s safety, and the safety of other inmates at St. Bernard Parish Prison, Sheriff Pohlmann said, Mark was transported to Plaquemines Parish Prison to utilize a full body scanner used to detect contraband.
After the scanner detected a foreign object in Mark, a warrant was obtained to allow medical personnel at a local hospital to remove it.
During the course of the investigation, the following illegal substances were recovered at the hospital from Mark’s person:
➡️two clear plastic bags containing approximately 34 grams of cocaine and fentanyl with an estimated street value of $2,720
➡️one clear plastic bag containing approximately 18 grams of heroin and fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1,440
➡️one clear plastic bag containing approximately 2 grams of crack cocaine and fentanyl with an estimated street value of $160
A criminal history background check was conducted on Mark and Derouselle which revealed Mark has five outstanding traffic warrants out of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Derouselle has an outstanding warrant out of the New Orleans Police Department.
Sheriff Pohlmann would like to thank the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Jerry Turlich for their assistance in this investigation.
☎️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.