TPSO deputies arrest accused crack dealer
PONCHATOULA - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish said they arrested an accused crack cocaine dealer while patrolling in a high crime area of Ponchatoula last Thursday.
Deputies said they were making their rounds near N. First Street on Aug. 7 when they saw a parked vehicle speed off as they approached. Law enforcement followed the vehicle until other deputies blocked the roadway, forcing it to stop.
Deputies said they saw the driver, later identified as 26-year-old Roy Metz of Ponchatoula, reaching for something on the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle as they approached. When ordered to get out of the vehicle with his hands exposed, Metz did not comply. Deputies said when they surrounded the vehicle, they saw a revolver and small bags of drugs in plain view inside of the vehicle.
Metz was taken into custody and deputies removed the handgun and drugs. Investigators said 12 rocks of cocaine hidden in a white container inside of the vehicle were also seized during the search.
Metz was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal narcotics.