TPSO News (Archived): Jun 1, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 [Archive]
TPSO Narcotics Arrest
AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on June 11, 2013, the sheriff’s office was contacted by the Amite Fire Department to assist in a fire investigation that occurred on Old McMichael Rd. in Amite. Because of the nature of the explosion and a strong suspicious odor, the TPSO Narcotics Unit, the Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force and the La State Fire Marshal joined in the investigation.
During the extensive investigation, Narcotics Agents subsequently received a confession from the homeowner, Jacob Cruse (DOB 10.11.77) stating that he was attempting to manufacture methamphetamines via the one-pot method when a catastrophic failure occurred. This failure resulted in an explosion the caused the entire structure to burn down.
On June 25, 2013, Cruse was arrested and charged with simple arson and operation, creation, possession of a clandestine lab.
“This shows how highly volatile manufacturing methamphetamines can be. I would like to acknowledge the partnering agencies involved in working this case. Great work is being done.” Sheriff Edwards.
HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Unit is looking for a sliver/pewter mini van, occupied by two males, that burglarized a local business early this morning.
At approximately 2:30 AM, detectives responded to an alarm call from a convenient store located on Pumpkin Center Rd. Upon arrival, it was observed that a vehicle plowed through the front glass doors of the building and burglarized the cash boxes from ATM Machines.
Video surveillance footage shows a pewter / silver blue mini van as the suspect vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle were wearing dark hooded sweat shirts, gloves and something covering their faces.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding this burglary to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
Ponchatoula – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of a Ponchatoula resident caught making methamphetamines in his residence.
On June 25, 2013, TPSO Narcotics Agents responded to a residence on Hollie Lane in Ponchatoula, LA in regards to an anonymous tip that illegal narcotics were being manufactured there. Agents obtained and executed a narcotics search warrant of the Hollie Lane residence.
Upon entering the residence, agents located a one-pot method vessel in the kitchen area. Also in the residence was Cameron Perry (DOB 6.8.70). It was learned that Perry was out on bond from charges dating back to January (manufacturing meth, 3 counts of child endangerment under the drug law and possession of meth). On June 25, 2013, he was additionally charged with the possession and the manufacturing if methamphetamines.
Sheriff Edwards applauds the residents of Tangipahoa Parish. “ I encourage all citizens to remain diligent in keeping an eye open to suspicious activity and to call us or any law enforcement agency for assistance.” Edwards.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 34 year old Hammond resident Johnny Williams Jr.
Williams was arrested yesterday after being positively identified as the suspect in a burglary. Earlier that day, witnesses observed Williams steal two air-condition units from an apartment complex on Quick Blvd. When deputies made contact with Williams, he was heavy intoxicated and found to be in possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
Williams was subsequently arrested and charged with felony theft and possession of marijuana. He currently remains behind bars at the parish jail.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 25 year old LC Berry of Hammond, La.
Berry was arrested on June 13, 2013, after a traffic stop led to the discovery of illegal narcotics and a stolen firearm.
Upon making contact with Berry, deputies observed a black handgun on the driver\'s side floorboard. Also in plain view were several clear plastic baggies containing pills later identified as Xanax and Loratab.
The investigation also revealed that the handgun, a 40 cal Taurus, was reported stolen to the sheriff\'s office on May 16, 2013.
Berry was subsequently charged with possession of a weapon while in possession of narcotics, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with the intent to distribute CDS II, possession with intent to distribute CDS V, and on 2 outstanding warrants.
KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 24 year old Ryan Clark of Kentwood, LA.
On June 10, 2013, Clark was arrested and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile after he was caught receiving a sexual act from a 13 year old female in his vehicle outside of a local restaurant.
Clark remains in the parish jail awaiting bond.
TPSO Arrest Independence Man
INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of a 50 year old Independence man for exposing himself to a minor out side of the child\'s residence.
On June 6, 2013, it was reported that Willie Williams of Viola Lane in Independence, approached a minor child and made rude remarks while exposing himself.
Williams then fled the area and escaped by crawling under a fence in order flee the area. When deputies made contact with Williams, they were able to recover the soiled and wet cloths that Williams was wearing at the time of his escape and that he discarded to elude arrest.
Subsequently Williams was arrested and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.
INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 48 year old Everett Turner of Independence, LA.
On June 6, 2013, at approximately 8:30 AM, Turner engaged in an altercation with a female subject, subsequently striking her in the face. The altercation moved to the outside of the Cypress St. residence where Turner armed himself with a shotgun. Turner then fired upon the residence as he sped away in his vehicle. The victim\'s car was damaged as a result of the gunfire. No injuries were sustained.
Everett Turner was located and taken into custody.
Charges: Aggravated battery with a fire arm, criminal damage to property, simple battery and 3 outstanding warrants.
He remains in custody at the parish jail.
Fuel Theft Arrests
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff\'s office is investigating a theft operation in which over 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen from a local service station.
At approximately 3:30 AM this morning, detectives made contact with the owner of Chuck\'s Quick Way in Pumpkin Center of a possible theft in progress. When deputies arrived at the location, they observed two 18-Wheelers parked in the fuel bays, one of which was actively receiving diesel fuel. Three subjects were observed running fuel lines into both tanks on stated truck. At this time, all three subjects were detained pending investigation.
The investigation revealed that these same subjects were caught on surveillance video stealing fuel on numerous occasions. It was also discovered that 42 year old Pedro Perez of Miami FL, Carlos Gonzales, 41 of Miami, FL, and Eliobel Jorge, 46 of Haileah, FL, have stolen over 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel from Chuck\'s Quick Way over the past 3 months.
On June 5, 2013, it was proven that these 3 subjects stole approximately $5,000 worth of diesel fuel before being detained.
Detective Mike Moore was able to recover several electronic devices from the trucks that were used to interfere with the owners computer system allowing them to steal the fuel.
The subjects were taken into custody and charged with 2 counts of motor vehicle fuel theft.
Similar cases of this type of fuel theft are believed to have occurred from Texas to Florida.
Sheriff Edwards is asking if anyone has information regarding this case or any like it to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
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