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Narcotics Arrests

HAMMOND, LA – (January 18, 2017) – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edward reports the following narcotics related arrests.

On Saturday January 14, 2017, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office (TPSO) Uniform Patrol Division initiated a traffic stop on a 2014 Nissan Maxima at the intersection of Wardline Road and Crapanzano Road located in Hammond, Louisiana. The vehicle was traveling west on Wardline as it came to a stop on the corner of Rufus Bankston and Wardline Road at the Red and White convenience store.

Upon approach of the vehicle and while coming into contact with the driver of the vehicle, ( B/M, Michael Nelson Jr. DOB 7/30/1988), deputies noticed in plain view a large clear plastic bag with suspected illegal narcotics on the driver's side floorboard. At this time, deputies attempted to detain the driver, Michael Nelson Jr..

Michael Nelson Jr. then began to resist arrest, however Michael Nelson Jr. was quickly detained along with his passenger Jacoby Nelson (B/M, DOB 3/13/1993). During the struggle between Michael Nelson Jr. and deputies, it was reported that Michael Nelson Jr. was yelling for the passenger to destroy the evidence. Neither Michael Nelson Jr. nor Jacoby Nelson claimed possession of the visible bag of narcotics.

Deputies were able to locate within the vehicle and on the person of Michael Nelson Jr. large sums of various narcotics packaged for street level sales. A large sum of money was also located on Jacoby Nelson. TPSO Uniform Patrol contacted the TPSO’s Narcotics Division and informed agents of their findings.

Agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office convened at the TPSO substation to further investigate this incident. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was contacted and also sent a Special Agent to assist due to the amount of narcotics found incidental to arrest.

Listed below are the illegal narcotics seized during the incident:

Processed methamphetamine, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, ecstasy pills, OxyContin, Klonopin , marijuana, and Xanax pills as well as a large amount of cash in excess of $2,000 dollars.

This case is ongoing and remains under investigation by the TPSO and the DEA. The following arrests were made in relation to the applied charges:

Michael Nelson Jr. of Tickfaw was charged with:
Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).
Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 CDS
3 counts Possession with intent to Distribute Schedule 2 CDS
2 counts Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 4 CDS
Failure to stop
Improper lane use
Resisting arrest

Jacoby Nelson of Tickfaw was charged with:
Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 2 CDS (3 counts)
Injuring Public Records for providing the false name of Devante Nelson to Law Enforcement during initial investigation of this incident

Both individuals were booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail.