St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrests Chalmette man for possession with intent to distribute

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 | Filed under: Arrested, News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrests Chalmette man for
possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana

A Chalmette man was arrested, and narcotics, two firearms and cash were seized during the course of an undercover investigation conducted by the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Diormetis Griffin, 24, of the 8500 block of Valor Drive in Chalmette, was booked Jan. 28 with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation.

After Narcotics Unit agents obtained information through an anonymous source that Griffin was involved in illegal drug activity, agents observed Griffin make several hand-to-hand transactions with various subjects in front of his home, Sheriff Pohlmann said. Griffin and several of these subjects were identified as gang member associates of a New Orleans-based gang, all of whom have extensive criminal histories.

Based on their findings, Narcotics Unit agents, along with SWAT Team members, executed a search warrant on Griffin’s residence, where they found Griffin to be in possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and pills, all packaged for street level sales, as well as plastic packaging bags and a digital scale. They also recovered two firearms and cash.

Sheriff Pohlmann said the investigation is ongoing, which may result in additional arrests.

A criminal history check was conducted on Griffin, which revealed he is currently on probation for an arrest for weapons charges. He was also found to have several past narcotics and weapons-related arrests, including possession of a stolen firearm.

Griffin was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison where he is being held on a $284,500 bond.

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.