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  • Drug makers spend big on Louisiana candidates, lobbying

    September 18, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $1 million to Louisiana candidates and hired an average of 40 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies. The findings are part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and... more »
  • Four arrested on drug and weapon charges after search of Susan Drive home

    September 15, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Four men were arrested Thursday on multiple drug and weapon charges after police executed a search warrant of a home on Susan Drive. On Thursday at 9 p.m. the BRPD Street Crimes Unit was patrolling the Belaire area when officers noticed a white Mercedes parked across the... more »
  • Man charged with murder following heroin overdose

    May 31, 2016 11:50 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man on 2nd degree murder charges in the overdose death of a man from Baton Rouge. The charges stem from the death of Abraham Said, 20, in the 43000 block of R. Daigle Road in Gonzales on May 3rd. During... more »
  • FDA delays high-stakes decision on muscular dystrophy drug

    May 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators will take more time to review a highly-contested drug for muscular dystrophy that has become a flashpoint in the debate over patient access to experimental medicine. Drugmaker Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. said the Food and Drug Administration will miss its goal of issuing a decision... more »
  • Woman who threatened to burn home down with people inside arrested

    May 17, 2016 10:26 AM

    LABADIEVILLE - A woman was arrested after Assumption Parish deputies say she told them she planned to burn a house down with everyone inside. Deputies say they made contact with Ann Thibodaux at her home in Labadieville after her mom and sister reported she was making harassing phone calls.... more »
  • Alleged drug dealers busted in WBR roundup Play Video

    April 20, 2016 4:36 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Nearly 20 suspected drug dealers are behind bars after a drug roundup in West Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday morning. It was part of Operation 4-20. Investigators say the alleged dealers sold drugs to undercover deputies while being recorded with a camera. "It's your local people generally that... more »
  • Troopers seize more than 450 lbs. of pot in traffic stop

    April 19, 2016 12:24 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Louisiana State Police arrested a Shreveport man and made a massive drug bust on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish Saturday morning. Carl Fuller gave troopers permission to search his vehicle after they stopped him on I-10 East near LA-415 in Port Allen. Investigators say they... more »
  • Archive: Crack house one of first in area; ran by BR man whose sentence was commuted today

    March 30, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sitting beneath a skinny pine and healthy oak Wednesday afternoon was a sleepy, unassuming home that upon further inspection has a busy, illegal past. The notion of the previous activity that once unfolded under the roof was only dusted off because of a prisoner's shortened sentence.... more »
  • Document: Ex-NFL star Sharper, US renew plea negotiations

    February 4, 2016 4:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal court documents say former NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and is preparing a trial defense - which could indicate that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off. Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal... more »
  • Sheriff on attack victims' arrest: 'the average individual can connect the dots'

    January 15, 2016 3:51 PM

    GONZALES - The sheriff of Ascension Parish responded Friday to concerns crime victims were arrested on drug charges after reporting a home invasion earlier this week. Clay and Dana Cowart, both 45, and their daughter, Tayler, 18, were charged with various drug offenses after Dana Cowart called for help,... more »
  • O'Brien House expanding to help more women in need

    January 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's more hope and more help for women who are battling alcohol and drug addiction in the capital area. The O'Brien House in Baton Rouge dedicated a new women's dorm Wednesday, creating a lot more space for women in need. The facility extends a helping... more »
  • BRPD say drug dealer arrested, heroin and $20K cash seized

    January 13, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police accused a Baton Rouge man of dealing heroin after they said the man was caught with narcotics and more than $20,000 in cash late Tuesday night. Baton Rouge Police said narcotics detectives arrested 37-year-old Donald Roberson and charged with possessing drugs with the intent to... more »
  • Prosecutor cites drug deal gone bad in shooting

    January 12, 2016 12:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A prosecutor hopes to convince jurors that a 2014 gunfight that left a visitor to New Orleans dead and nine other bystanders wounded resulted from "a drug deal gone bad on Bourbon Street." Assistant New Orleans District Attorney Laura Rodrigue says the only person arrested in the... more »
  • Newspaper photos appear to show Penn monitored

    January 11, 2016 10:33 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Actor Sean Penn says he worried that officials were monitoring his trip to interview fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. He was right; he just didn't know how closely. The Mexican newspaper El Universal has published 10 photographs that appear to show Penn and actress Kate... more »
  • Extradition to U. S. underway for El Chapo

    January 10, 2016 10:58 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities have notified recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman that he is wanted in US, beginning proceedings to extradite him to face charges in America. Guzman was arrested early Friday after a shootout in his home state of Culiacan that killed five and injured... more »
  • GOP candidates call for end to stigma around drug addiction

    January 5, 2016 2:02 PM

    HOOKSETT, N.H. - Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a more compassionate discussion around drug addiction that focuses on substance abuse as a curable disease, not a moral failing. Candidates are gathering Tuesday for a forum on addiction in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary and a state... more »
  • Robert Downey Jr. pardoned for drug conviction

    December 24, 2015 1:55 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's governor has pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a 1996 drug conviction that sent the actor to prison. Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Thursday that Downey was among 91 people receiving pardons. Downey was convicted of felony drug possession after he was arrested on a Los Angeles... more »
  • National group suspends LSU Sigma Chi charter

    December 11, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The international Sigma Chi fraternity suspended the charter of its LSU chapter Friday due to hazing and substance abuse uncovered after an investigation into the frat's activities. The investigation began after an Oct. 17 incident involving drugs and hazing at the Gamma Iota chapter house, according... more »
  • Authorities make 8 arrests in prescription drug fraud case

    December 9, 2015 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Officials arrested eight people, including seven Baton Rouge residents, accused of using fake prescriptions to obtain a total of $45,000 worth of pain medication. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release the suspects are accused of buying and possessing narcotics using prescriptions made to... more »
  • FDA OKs first generic for Gleevec leukemia pill

    December 4, 2015 12:54 PM

    U.S. regulators have approved a generic version of one of the first very effective - and expensive - cancer drugs, Gleevec. The Food and Drug Administration granted a subsidiary of Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. approval to sell generic Gleevec pills, known chemically as imatinib mesylate, in 100-milligram... more »
  • FDA approves Bristol-Myers drug for new use in kidney cancer

    November 23, 2015 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators have expanded approval of a cancer drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat an advanced form of kidney cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says the injectable-drug, Opdivo, is approved for patients with renal cell carcinoma who have previously tried certain other drugs. More than 14,000... more »
  • Baton Rouge mother faces cruelty, drug charges

    November 23, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police arrested a woman on child cruelty charges after they said she had her naked child outside in the cold, and dropped her on the ground. Christine Hussey, 31, faces cruelty to juveniles and multiple drug charges. On November 22 police responded to a call about... more »
  • Sanofi recalls all pen injectors used for allergic reactions

    October 28, 2015 6:23 PM

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Sanofi is recalling hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug. The recall includes all Auvi-Q injections currently on the U.S. market, or roughly 490,000 packs of the devices, the company... more »
  • Oklahoma agrees to hold off executions until at least 2016

    October 16, 2015 10:30 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to not request execution dates until 2016 as his office investigates why the state used the wrong drug to execute an inmate in January. In a joint court filing Friday, the attorney general's office and attorneys representing death row inmates asked a... more »
  • More than a dozen accused of dealing drugs in Livingston Parish Play Video

    October 1, 2015 4:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Authorities arrested more than a dozen people in Livingston Parish as part of a drug roundup Thursday morning, and said they could be back for more. Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies with the LPSO Narcotics Division targeted people selling and distributing drugs as part of "Operation:... more »
  • Meth, synthetic pot found in tased man's system

    September 24, 2015 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Autopsy results showed a Zachary man died from a drug overdose after police said he attacked them and was shocked with a taser. The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said drug screens showed 32-year-old Kevin Bajoie had a mix of methamphetamine, amphetamine, and synthetic cannabinoids in... more »
  • Man accused of dealing drugs at Southern

    September 2, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University Police arrested an Alexandria man on charges he brought drugs to the campus with the intention to sell them. SUPD charged 19-year-old Detavious Treyvon King with having marijuana in a drug-free zone with the intent to distribute it. Police said on Tuesday found... more »
  • Hitman who killed Barry Seal dies at Angola

    August 31, 2015 12:17 PM

    ANGOLA - Corrections officials said drug cartel hitman Miguel Velez, who was convicted of killing drug smuggler Barry Seal in 1986, has died while serving his sentence at Angola State Penitentiary. Pam Laborde with the state corrections office said Velez had been in hospice for some time and passed... more »
  • Man accused of dealing heroin which caused overdose death

    August 28, 2015 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's detectives accused a Baton Rouge man of murder for dealing heroin which caused someone to die from an overdose earlier this year. Deputies charged 24-year-old Brandon Jamal Parker with second degree murder and possession with intent to distribute heroin for the March 7 death of... more »
  • Coroner: Heroin deaths on the rise in Baton Rouge

    August 28, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark says Baton Rouge is on track to see heroin deaths reach record numbers this year. Shane Evans, the Coroner's Office chief of investigations, says the capital city has already confirmed 24 heroin-related deaths in 2015, and three more are pending... more »
  • Another plea deal in courthouse evidence theft scheme

    August 10, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The son of former State District Judge Kay Bates pleaded guilty Monday to malfeasance, possession of cocaine and obstruction related to a case against him where he was indicted for theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in 2012.... more »
  • Hepatitis increasingly goes hand in hand with heroin abuse

    August 7, 2015 11:40 AM

    MACHIAS, Maine - Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to catch up with a dramatic rise in hepatitis C they believe stems, at least in part, from growing heroin use. Hepatitis C affects about 3 million Americans. The number of acute cases grew by more than... more »
  • Man uses scooter in police chase

    July 18, 2015 4:18 PM

    CARSON CITY, Nev. - A suspected drug dealer tried to evade authorities in Nevada while riding a scooter. Joseph Scurti is facing charges including suspicion of a parole and probation warrant and probation violation. Obstruction charges are pending. The slow-speed pursuit began Friday when Carson City deputies tried to pull... more »
  • Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men

    July 13, 2015 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana men were among 46 inmates nationwide whose prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses were commuted by President Barack Obama. On Monday, Obama cut the sentences of Brian Nickles, a 46-year-old man from New Orleans, and James Nathan Walton, a 42-year-old man from Thibodaux. Both men... more »
  • Daycare at center of federal drug probe closed Play Video

    July 2, 2015 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A daycare at the center of a federal drug investigation is closed. A WBRZ news crew found the doors locked, parking lot empty, and the playground in the back quiet even though toys were tossed about Thursday afternoon. Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said... more »
  • Feds announce bust of violent drug ring in BR, Ascension

    July 2, 2015 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities unsealed an indictment Thursday against 39 people who investigators claim were part of a "violent" drug trafficking network which used a daycare to store and distribute cocaine in the Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish areas. The indictments, part of " Operation Third World ,"... more »
  • Two arrested in EBR drug trafficking bust

    July 1, 2015 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested two people and seized drugs, guns and cash Tuesday as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in East Baton Rouge. Deputies charged Dedrick Brown and Louise Vincent with possessing narcotics with the intent to distribute them. EBRSO narcotics agents said they... more »
  • Justices uphold drug used in botched executions

    June 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and... more »
  • Sharper back in court Friday

    May 29, 2015 8:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Former NFL star Darren Sharper is moving closer to resolving charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states. Sharper faces at least nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he distributed drugs with the intent to commit rape in... more »
  • Drug dog finds $800,000 cash haul

    May 27, 2015 5:57 PM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's investigators seized nearly a million dollars in cash after a traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish this week, but made no arrests. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said on May 26 deputies detained two people driving to Houston after the department K9 found $800,000 in cash in their vehicle.... more »
  • Two accused of stealing nursing home drugs for Vegas trip

    May 25, 2015 12:16 PM

    SLIDELL - Police charged a former teacher and a Slidell nursing home director with trying to steal prescription drugs as part of a scheme to sell them and run off to Las Vegas. Slidell Police arrested 36-year-old Patrick Lampard and 46-year-old Bonnie Pritchard for possessing drugs with the intent... more »
  • Clinic director among 27 in EBR charged in massive DEA operation

    May 20, 2015 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities announced more than 280 people face charges for illegally distributing prescription drugs across the south, including the director of a rehab and detox clinic in Baton Rouge. The Drug Enforcement Administration's "Operation Pilluted" spent 15 months tracking the pill trade and involved nearly 1,000... more »
  • 3 people arrested after giving Spice to a teenager

    April 22, 2015 3:13 AM

    PORT BARRE- Three people have been arrested after police say they gave synthetic marijuana to a 14-year-old girl. The girl was hospitalized for a bad reaction to the drug. KLFY-TV reports police were called to a house in Port Barre Monday. They found the girl outside vomiting and incoherent. She... more »
  • Federal indictment details historic EBR drug seizure

    April 14, 2015 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U. S. Attorneys unsealed a federal indictment Tuesday which listed nine arrests and an historic drug seizure for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, all part of an operation to take down what federal agents said was a drug trafficking networking in Louisiana and California. U.... more »
  • Sharper's Louisiana case on drug, sex charges delayed

    April 7, 2015 10:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper has made a brief appearance on drug and sexual-assault charges in a state court in New Orleans, but the case is now delayed until June 15. Sharper appeared Tuesday to answer to aggravated-rape and other state charges. But state District Judge Karen Herman... more »
  • FDA approves new drug for anthrax poisoning

    March 25, 2015 9:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials say they have approved an infusible drug to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax. The Food and Drug Administration approved Anthrasil for use in combination with older antibiotics to treat inhalation anthrax, which can cause serious injury and death. The condition occurs when... more »
  • Ex-NFL player Sharper to begin changing pleas in rape cases

    March 23, 2015 2:10 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Former NFL star Darren Sharper is set to appear in one court in person and another via video to enter pleas as he seeks to resolve rape and drugging allegations involving women in four different states. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Sharper on Monday morning... more »
  • 7 arrested, 1 at large in drug bust

    March 19, 2015 5:31 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested seven people and said one is still at large as part of a drug investigation in Ascension Parish which narcotics said involved an unusual type of narcotics. Deputies said the arrests were made after an investigation earlier this week which also turned up drugs,... more »
  • Man shot while deputies execute search warrant

    February 26, 2015 10:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police said a man was wounded during a shootout with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies who were serving a narcotics search warrant at a New Orleans home. Police say the man suffered a leg wound early Thursday morning. In a statement, New Orleans police say gunfire was exchanged... more »
  • Merck grants free license for pediatric HIV drug

    February 24, 2015 2:06 AM

    KENILWORTH, N.J. - Drugmaker Merck has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus. The Medicines Patent Pool works with brand-name drugmakers to make their HIV medicines affordable... more »
  • 11 students hospitalized with symptoms of 'molly'

    February 23, 2015 2:14 AM

    MIDDLETOWN, CT - Wesleyan University says at least 11 students have been hospitalized with symptoms of overdoses on the drug known as "Molly." Dean Michael Whaley, vice president of student affairs, said in a letter to the campus that one of the students, a sophomore, was in critical condition at... more »
  • Deputies charge man with having drugs around kid

    February 20, 2015 11:34 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish man after investigators said they found drugs in his home around his 12-year-old daughter, and a package full of marijuana which had recently been delivered to his house. Deputies arrested 36-year-old Jeremy Munnerlyn on Wednesday after they said he admitted he... more »
  • 'Operation Wild Wild East' in New Orleans: 111 drug arrests

    January 30, 2015 11:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Law enforcement officials in New Orleans are calling it "Operation Wild Wild East." A joint federal, state and local police operation that targeted violent drug offenders in eastern New Orleans has resulted in 111 arrests. Officials also said the operation resulted in the seizure of numerous... more »
  • State officials looking out for new deadly drug combo Play Video

    January 29, 2015 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new street drug combo has authorities on the lookout as deadly cases show up in the state. Gary Smith told News 2 he's been clean for the last 15 years after suffering from an addiction to cocaine, but the fight against new drug trends in... more »
  • Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

    January 26, 2015 11:07 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious. Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the... more »
  • FDA going after sellers of pure caffeine powder

    December 23, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have... more »
  • FDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers

    December 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. The agency approved Opdivo for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma that cannot be removed through surgery or has spread throughout the body. The approval was based on preliminary... more »
  • Traffic stop leads to four drug, weapons arrests

    November 20, 2014 8:52 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish deputies say they found weapons and drugs in a car after stopping it for illegally parking in a handicapped space. John Johnson, 43, was behind the wheel. According to deputies, he had several warrants for failing to appear in court. When they searched the car,... more »
  • Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits

    November 19, 2014 1:55 PM

    CHICAGO - Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life. The news comes from 20-year follow-up of a study in Scotland that was the... more »
  • Fire chief arrested for having pot

    November 14, 2014 3:16 AM

    GRAND ISLE - The Jefferson Parish sheriff says the Grand Isle fire chief was among 20 people arrested after an undercover operation into drug use on the remote barrier island and recreation spot on the Gulf of Mexico. Fire Chief Aubrey "T-Black" Chaisson was arrested Thursday morning and booked with... more »
  • Medicare bought meds for dead people

    October 31, 2014 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A government watchdog agency says Medicare's prescription drug program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem apparently started with a bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look. A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general... more »
  • Gonzales man arrested on drug charges

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM

    GONZALES- A man accused of selling heroin to narcotics detectives in Ascension Parish, is now behind bars. Detectives arrested Moses Griggs after finding him packaging heroin at his home in Gonzales. They also found four small children ranging in age from 8 to 12 years of age. ... more »
  • Expensive pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

    July 29, 2014 6:06 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. According to new research, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C pills combined in less than... more »
  • LSU enrolling patients in new kind of drug test

    July 25, 2014 3:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster. Patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer can enroll at LSU cancer centers in New Orleans, Houma, Covington and Baton Rouge. Most such... more »
  • Group booked following shooting at party

    July 2, 2014 9:19 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies have made several arrests following an investigation into a shooting at a party in Prairieville on June 28th. Investigators say a young woman held a party in the 15000 block of Daigle Rd. while her parents were out of town. It was supposed... more »
  • Stripper scheme busted Play Video

    June 12, 2014 7:13 AM

    NEW YORK CITY - Four New York City strippers and the a club owner have been arrested after investigators discovered they stole more than $200,000 from unsuspecting men. Prosecutors say they worked together to drug wealthy businessmen by spiking their drinks. Then the girls would run by thousands of... more »
  • 2 arrested in Baton Rouge drug bust

    June 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agents with a multi-agency narcotics task force said they made two arrests, seized drugs, cash and a handgun on Tuesday. Morrow Payton, 45, and Quinteller Jones, 36, are both charged with possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and ecstasy and additional gun charges. ... more »
  • Get rid of old meds with Drug Take Back Day Play Video

    April 24, 2014 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Drug Enforcement Administration, local law enforcement and Blue Cross/ Blue Shield will join together this weekend for the eighth annual Drug Take Back Day. Zachary Police Chief David McDavid and Robin Mayhall from BCBS joined Whitney Vann on 2une In Thursday to talk about how you... more »
  • Six hospitalized after smoking synthetic weed

    April 10, 2014 9:44 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish spent Thursday night investigating the sudden illness of six people who smoked synthetic marijuana. Investigators said the group, who smoked the fake weed at various locations and not all in one location, were treated at an area hospital. The incident was described as... more »
  • WBRSO major accused of drug, malfeasance charges

    April 8, 2014 12:54 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Sheriff's major faces multiple drug and distribution charges after his arrest Monday night. Authorities arrested Maj. Mervin Jerome Fontenot on suspicion of possessing oxycodone, malfeasance in office, and possessing with intent to distribute valium, codeine, and crack cocaine. Col. Richie Johnson... more »
  • Oklahoma judge tosses execution law

    March 26, 2014 11:38 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A judge has ruled Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional for not allowing inmate access to the court system. The source of drugs for the execution may not be disclosed under the Oklahoma law, even if an inmate sues to discover the information. County District Judge Patricia Parrish... more »
  • La. asks to hide purchase site for execution drugs

    February 22, 2014 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State prison officials are asking to keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs the Louisiana State Penitentiary has stockpiled for its next execution. In court filings, the state says if it identifies how it's getting the lethal injection drugs, corrections officials may not be able... more »
  • Four arrested in Ascension drug bust

    January 7, 2014 11:59 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - An investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has led to the arrest of four people on drug charges. Major Kevin Hanna reports the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division followed up on information that Chrystal Carter was selling illegal drugs from her home in Prairieville. That led... more »
  • Former Port Allen star Claiborne arrested on drug charges

    December 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    COLLEGE STATION, Tx - Texas A&M suspended standout freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne after he was arrested on two drug possession charges. Claiborne was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County Jail website. He... more »
  • Drug bust money for police equipment

    December 18, 2013 11:29 AM

    HAMMOND - The city council in Hammond is introducing an ordinance to purchase police equipment with money from drug busts. The ordinance would use $31,000 from an account containing money seized mostly from drug dealers and narcotics arrests. It would be used to buy bulletproof shields for the police... more »
  • Hunt Correctional employee arrested

    November 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Sheriff's deputies arrested an employee of the Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel after they said he tried to smuggle drugs into the jail. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office accused Daron Toussant of drug charges after starting an internal investigation into his actions. Detectives got... more »
  • Tip leads to several drug arrests in Ascension

    September 26, 2013 11:46 AM

    GONZALES - Investigators said a tip to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office led to several drug arrests and the discovery of a meth lab in St. Amant. Deputies said they began investigating 27-year-old Christopher Washburn, who had an outstanding warrant for aggravated battery and other charges, after receiving a... more »
  • Postal investigators target drug trade via US mail

    September 15, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in the Baton Rouge area are finding more and more illegal drugs in the U.S. mail and private delivery services. The Advocate reports that drugs have been found in plastic wraps, cereal boxes, cans and even dirty laundry. Most have a California return address. Acting U.S.... more »
  • Eight arrested in drug investigation

    September 13, 2013 12:00 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies arrested eight people in Livingston Parish this week as part of a drug investigation. Spokesperson Lori Steele said on Monday deputies arrested Curtis Baxter, 33, of Baton Rouge; Robert Halford, 37, of Denhams Springs; Dedrick Thomas, 32, of Walker; Denise Mann, 42, of Walker; Chad... more »
  • Drug investigation leads to multiple arrests in Ascension Parish

    September 4, 2013 2:51 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A month-long drug investigation in Ascension Parish has landed multiple people behind bars. During a traffic stop on Tuesday, detectives arrested Melana Vu and Patrick Morrison after they found Heroin and other drug paraphernalia in the car. Detectives then searched a home on Liz Road and... more »
  • 2 arrested for drug possession in Baton Rouge

    August 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A traffic stop in Baton Rouge has led to the arrest of two men for drug possession. After a search of the vehicle, officers said they found 91 Oxycodone pills and 2.6 grams of Synthetic Marijuana. Henry Thompson and Jarrett Thompson, both of Port Allen,... more »
  • Drug lord freed 12 years early

    August 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    MEXICO CITY - A drug lord walked free 12 years early after the court overturned his sentence for three murders. It all started in 1984 when two young American couples dressed in their Sunday best walked door to door in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara, trying to spread... more »
  • APSO: Six arrested, one wanted in drug operation

    August 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said an undercover operation led to them taking several suspected drug dealers and others off the streets of Donaldsonville. Chief Tony Bacala said the investigation started July 25, and led to six drug arrests. Investigators said they're also looking for an seventh... more »
  • Fired deputy also a high school coach

    August 8, 2013 10:41 PM

    NEW ROADS - A fired deputy from the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office is also a non-faculty coach for a Catholic school in the area, WBRZ News 2 learned Thursday night. Joseph Reed Bueche, 51, lost his job with the sheriff's office after he was arrested on two counts... more »
  • State Police: Pointe Coupee deputy bought drugs on duty Play Video

    August 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    NEW ROADS - A deputy with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested following a drug investigation. Sheriff Bud Torres said 51-year-old Joseph Reed Bueche, of Ventress, was fired Wednesday night following his arrest. "Police officers are supposed to be held to a higher standard, we're supposed... more »
  • Second arrest made in deadly drug deal shooting

    August 6, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies announced a second arrest in connection with a deadly shooting during a drug deal last week. Deputies arrested Julius Thomas, 23, on suspicion of first degree murder Monday evening. They previously arrested Jarvis Fleming, 21, also on suspicion of first degree murder. Detectives... more »
  • Man arrested after drug deal shooting

    August 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's detectives arrested a 21-year-old man involved in a shooting Friday night during a drug deal, according to EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks. Hicks says Jarvis Fleming of Greenwell Springs is charged with first degree murder and tampering with an electronic monitor. ... more »

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