Investigation leads to recovery of meth, stolen gun
ALBANY - The Narcotics and Uniform Patrol Divisions of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a drug investigation that led to a pair of arrests in Albany on Tuesday.
Joseph "John" Wascom, 36, and Roy Hart, 32, were booked into Livingston Parish Detention Center on drug and firearm charges on Feb. 24.
When detectives made contact with Wascom at a residence on Livingston Street, he pulled a gun from his waistband, but deputies were able to quickly control him after a short struggle. During the struggle, Wascom dropped about 32 grams of suspect methamphetamine, packaged into several individual baggies. The street value of the meth is estimated at $3,850, according to investigators.
Hart, who was a passenger in the vehicle Wascom drove to the home, was also arrested after deputies learned he had full knowledge of the drugs being transported by Wascom.
The LPSO recovered weighing scales and other drug paraphernalia while searching Wascom's property. They also recovered a firearm that was reported stolen.