January 31, 2015 12:51 PM
BERTRANDVILLE -The Assumption Parish sheriff's department arrested two men after the found drugs in the bed of a pickup truck Friday.
Deputies arrested 30-year-old Brandon Harris and 26-year-old Wilbert Caldwell for having over six pounds of weed and multiple bags of other drugs including crack cocaine, ecstasy pills and... more »
January 26, 2015 11:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - A nine-person grand jury indictment was unsealed Monday, revealing the details of a case built against people accused or running a drug trafficking network across I-12.
The case, nicknamed "Operation Hammer," targeted people from Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish. The investigation was part of the Organized... more »
January 22, 2015 12:12 PM
PHOENIX, AZ - One of the nation's most unusual cancer experiments is underway at a Phoenix hospital, aimed at finding new treatments for deadly brain tumors. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute are testing drugs Tso early in... more »
January 13, 2015 12:07 PM
NEW YORK - A New York defense lawyer says a San Francisco man who launched an underground website as an economic experiment was fooled into taking the fall when investigators concluded it was used for drug dealing. Attorney Joshua Dratel said at the criminal trial's opening Tuesday that Ross William... more »
January 12, 2015 12:19 PM
SACRAMENTO, CA - A federal judge in California is weighing the constitutionality of a 45-year-old act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug along with LSD, cocaine and heroin. The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento held a five-day fact-finding hearing on... more »
January 6, 2015 10:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge man after they said he was caught with 35 pounds of marijuana at his home.
Deputies charged Joshua B. Scott, 28, with drug possession and possession with intent to distribute.
Members of the sheriff's office Narcotics Division found... more »
December 22, 2014 9:08 PM
HAMMOND - State Police arrested a man accused of moving drugs between Texas and Georgia during a stop on I-12 Monday.
Troopers said they stopped a truck near the Hammond Square exit and found 200 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Authorities said a K9 from the Tangipahoa Parish... more »
December 18, 2014 2:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - A house in a quiet neighborhood of mostly college students was a cover for a drug trafficking operation, police said in court documents relating to the arrest of Sittipong Jitarun, 31.
Jitarun was arrested Thursday at his house in Nicholson Lakes after a search turned up... more »
December 12, 2014 2:49 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A property bond posted Friday allowed Dwight Perrilloux , accused of being on drugs, driving and causing a deadly crash, to be released from jail in Ascension Parish.
Jailers confirmed Perrilloux was released on a property bond but could not disclosed what was used to front the... more »
December 12, 2014 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Jailers released the mugshots of two men police said were running a drug and weapons smuggling trafficking operation from a home in Spanish Town.
Russell Jefferis, 28, and Sean Krieg, 29, were two of nearly a dozen people arrested in a city-wide raid. The pair listed... more »
December 12, 2014 10:11 AM
GRETNA - A 22-year-old Harvey man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the deaths of two teens last year, during what authorities believe was a drug deal gone bad. Irvin Harris faces mandatory life in prison for his role in the Aug. 13, 2013, deaths of cousins Nikiayh Westerfield... more »
December 10, 2014 6:34 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- The mother of the man accused of killing 15-year old Claire Carline in a head on collision says he was on stimulants during the time of the crash.
Dwight Perrilloux's mother told News 2 her son has ADHD and just finished a 12-hour shift at a plant in... more »
December 6, 2014 6:38 PM
MARRERO - A Jefferson Parish sheriff's spokesman says a drug deal gone sour apparently prompted two men to shoot and kill each other in a moving car, which ran into a house and caught fire. Col. John Fortunato said Saturday that the passenger died with a stolen gun in his... more »
November 21, 2014 4:21 PM
LIVINGSTON - More than a dozen accused drug dealers were busted in Livingston Parish Friday during a narcotics roundup.
The suspected dealers got a rude awakening as deputies worked parish-wide to crack down on drugs.
"The mission here is to make sure we get any and every drug... more »
November 6, 2014 10:35 AM
NEW YORK - Authorities in New York say a California man has been arrested for starting a spinoff version of the Silk Road website, enabling more than 100,000 people to buy and sell illegal drugs. Blake Benthall has been arrested in San Francisco. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharar said Thursday that... more »
October 30, 2014 3:10 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The National Football League is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. NFL lawyers on Thursday are expected to urge a... more »
October 23, 2014 2:44 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- A man who narcotics detectives in Ascension Parish have been able to buy marijuana and cocaine from over the past four months, is now behind bars.
Just before midnight Wednesday, detectives searched the Donaldsonville home of Romel Julien and found a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and... more »
October 21, 2014 5:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Medical professionals and law enforcement agencies say Baton Rouge has a heroin epidemic on its hands.
Five people died from heroin two years ago. That number went up to 35 deaths in 2013. So far this year, nine people have died from heroin but more cases... more »
October 19, 2014 1:31 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. attorney in New Orleans says a Boston man has pleaded guilty to drug charges brought in both Louisiana and Georgia. Kenneth Polite says 24-year-old Maximo Stiven Bernabel-Pena pleaded guilty Friday to drug conspiracy charges brought in Georgia. He says Bernabel-Pena was among 12 people indicted... more »
October 17, 2014 7:25 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Chief Scott Jones denied allegations made to a civil service commission surrounding how his department operates.
Thursday, the Denham Springs Civil Service Commission began an investigation into the Denham Springs Police Department. A former officer accused the force of abuse of power and favoritism.
Friday,... more »
October 16, 2014 6:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and local leaders met Thursday to discuss solutions to hot button issues affecting Louisiana
On the agenda was immigration along the U.S. - Mexico border and Ebola. After three hours of discussion, though, no hard and fast solutions materialized.
Lawmakers say the border issue... more »
October 12, 2014 1:34 PM
ZACHARY - East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies say a Central man, William Bottoms, 25, was arrested after he held a man at gunpoint and tried to rob him.
Officials say Bottoms went to the victim's car and told him to give up his cash. When the victim said all... more »
October 10, 2014 3:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Part of Evangeline St. in Baton Rouge was shutdown for two hours Friday while police raided a home.
Three men were taken from the home in the 4600 block of Evangline. At least one is a suspect in pharmacy burglaries in several parishes. K-9's were released... more »
October 9, 2014 4:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police announced ten arrests and several drug and gun seizures Thursday as the result of several recent BRAVE unit patrols through Baton Rouge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD said the arrests included some from proactive patrols around the Southern University homecoming game. McKneely said BRAVE officers... more »
October 1, 2014 2:34 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Narcotics agents in Ascension Parish said they arrested an accused cocaine distributor last week after a three-month investigation.
Officials said they arrested Warren Henry, 56, after he reportedly sold the drug to undercover agents on Sept. 26.
Agents from the APSO Narcotics Division searched Henry's home... more »
October 1, 2014 1:45 PM
WALKER - Police arrested a couple on drug and child cruelty charges after investigators said the pair was found passed out in their truck at a traffic signal with their 2-year-old boy in the back seat.
Walker police said they got a call Monday afternoon from a motorist who... more »
September 24, 2014 4:58 PM
SORRENTO - Deputies said they arrested a man and his wife after the couple tried to deal drugs to undercover agents with their four-year-old girl in the home.
Deputies from Ascension and Livingston parishes took Donald Sanford, 36 and his wife Chelsea Sanford, 22, into custody on Monday after... more »
September 17, 2014 6:12 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Dozens of accused drug dealers were locked up in Iberville Parish Wednesday.
It was part of an 18-month undercover investigation that ended with 31 people behind bars, and the second roundup in Iberville Parish since Sheriff Brett Stassi took office two years ago.
"I made it... more »
September 9, 2014 11:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- Deputies said they arrested a man on drug charges following an investigation where they tracked a shipment of more than five pounds of high-grade marijuana to the man's apartment.
Rueben Maurice Crawford, 29, was booked into jail Tuesday on drug distribution charges.
Inside his apartment on... more »
September 5, 2014 5:18 PM
ST. AMANT - Another residence in Ascension Parish is about to be added to the list of "meth lab" houses on the Department of Environmental Quality's website.
Two people accused of operating a meth lab were arrested on Wednesday at their home on Highway 936 in St. Amant, and... more »
August 27, 2014 10:20 AM
Women have a new weapon to protect themselves from date rape: nail polish.
Four North Carolina State University students are developing a polish that can detect drugs associated with date rape. When dipped in a drink, the polish will change colors if the drink is laced. Once the product... more »
August 8, 2014 2:17 PM
PRARIEVILLE- Detectives in Ascension Parish have arrested a Baton Rouge man for drug possession.
Detectives saw a drug deal taking place in a parking lot of a business in Prarieville on Thursday night. They then followed the vehicle down Highway 621, before stopping it.
Irwin Mitchell was arrested... more »
August 4, 2014 4:19 PM
LAFOURCHE - State wildlife agents arrested a man last week after investigators said they found drugs on his boat.
Nick A. Collins, 42, from Golden Meadow was arrested for the possesion of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in possession of... more »
July 23, 2014 2:11 AM
NEW YORK - A major national survey finds disconcerting data about teen use of performance enhancing drugs. The survey by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids finds experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year as young people strove to boost their athletic performance... more »
July 18, 2014 6:50 PM
WALKER - Two people are arrested on theft charges. The arrests are the result of an investigation involving multiple complaints of theft in a neighborhood in Walker in mid June.
Police say John King, 22, and his girlfriend, Lauren Howze, 21, are responsible for stealing a number of power... more »
July 3, 2014 4:04 PM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested more than a dozen people Thursday for allegedly selling a range of drugs including methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone and Adderall.
"For 3 months, my narcotics team conducted undercover operations," said Sheriff Jason Ard. "Through these operations, low-level street dealers in Livingston Parish were... more »
July 2, 2014 5:54 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Ascension Sheriff's Deputies arrested two parents and a pair of their children following a shooting at a teen party that left one person injured.
It happened early Sunday morning on Daigle Rd. near James Street, where investigators say Austin Rashall, 18, Aronis Gonzalez, 18, and his 16-year... more »
July 1, 2014 12:00 PM
WALKER - Police rescued a child from a locked car in Walker Friday after investigators said her parents were too high on drugs to realize they'd locked the child in the vehicle.
Officers arrested Billy Henry Jr., 35, of Denham Springs and Lana Henry, 32, of St. Amant on... more »
June 28, 2014 12:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man has been convicted in the 2011 drug-related slaying of a woman and her boyfriend. 33-year-old Patrick James Ramirez will face a mandatory term of life in prison when state District Judge Mike Erwin sentences him July 17. Jaydee Wright said Friday his sister,... more »
June 28, 2014 10:48 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is suing drug maker Fresenius Medical Care North America and its nearly 100 Louisiana clinics over the use of two dialysis drugs - GranuFlo and NaturaLyte - that could contribute to fatal heart attacks. The drugs have since been recalled by the federal government.... more »
June 26, 2014 5:48 AM
BOSTON, MA - Authorities say 36 people were transported to the hospital and as many as 50 others were treated or evaluated at the scene during a an electronic dance music show featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii at the TD Garden arena in Boston. Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse... more »
June 20, 2014 1:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - State drug experts met Friday in Baton Rouge to urge people to stay away from synthetic marijuana.
The multi-billion dollar synthetic pot industry poses a physical and mental health threat, but it's marketed toward teens and young adults, according to the Capital Area Human Services.
... more »
June 13, 2014 3:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders say synthetic marijuana has become a dangerous problem in Baton Rouge.
Emergency Medical Services has responded to 17 synthetic marijuana overdoses in the past month, according to EMS spokesman Jody Chandler. That's why EMS says it's become a big problem.
"They just don't... more »
June 12, 2014 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - Deputies raided two businesses, found synthetic drugs and cash and arrested four people in separate incidents the department said Thursday night.
About 218 pounds of synthetic marijuana was found at The Lotus Shop on O'Neal Lane. The owner, Tim Nguyen, also allowed deputies to search his... more »
May 30, 2014 3:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - A proposal to let the state corrections department hide information about the source of its execution drugs and buy them from compounding pharmacies outside Louisiana is nearing final passage. The Senate voted 29-7 Friday to back the proposal by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto. Lopinto says the changes... more »
May 27, 2014 4:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - A proposal that would allow the Louisiana corrections department to keep information on execution drugs confidential continues to advance in the Legislature. A Senate judiciary committee backed the measure by Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, on Tuesday after amending it to allow the state to get drugs used... more »
May 23, 2014 3:22 AM
NASHVILLE, TN - A scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates - and increasing concern about new sources for the drugs - has prompted a nationwide debate about whether the method of execution is still feasible or humane. While the rest of the country discusses the issue, Tennessee has... more »
May 20, 2014 6:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police and DEA agents arrested a Baton Rouge doctor after they said he prescribed narcotics to patients who didn't need them in exchange for money.
Investigators accused James Hines, 64, of four different counts of drug distribution Tuesday afternoon.
Baton Rouge Police said they received... more »
May 5, 2014 11:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities accused a man of swindling more than $100,000 out of his 74-year-old grandmother and then blowing it on drugs.
Gary Michael Gray Jr., 23, is charged with exploitation of the infirm.
Investigators said Gray would harass his grandmother into writing checks for him. The... more »
May 2, 2014 2:28 PM
MARINGOUIN- Authorities in Iberville Parish have arrested a man for drugs, after finding over 2 ounces of crack cocaine in Todd Smith's home in Maringouin.
The drugs, along with $30,000, a BMW 745i and a Dodge Charger were seized from Smith's home.
Smith was arrested for drug possession,... more »
April 28, 2014 1:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman as part of an internet prostitution sting in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Deputies arrested Roxanne Merritt, 21, on April 24 for prostitution and drug charges.
According to arrest records, an undercover detective contacted Merritt through a website known for prostitution,... more »
April 25, 2014 11:37 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Five current and former nurses at a Plaquemine health clinic have been arrested, accused of selling fake prescription for drugs used to make "purple drank."
"Purple drank" is a slang term for a drug mixture using prescription strength cough syrup.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stasi says... more »
April 23, 2014 12:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Five arrests were made with drugs, guns, and money seized in an investigation by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office into the sale of synthetic marijuana.
Narcotics detectives along with SWAT, K-9, and Baton Rouge Police SWAT executed three search warrants early Wednesday morning. Detectives seized... more »
March 26, 2014 5:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police are finishing up a two day roundup of parents who haven't been sending their children to school.
The truancy roundup focused on handing out summons to parents whose children have missed more than ten days of school and have shown a history of absences.
... more »
March 25, 2014 7:35 PM
NEW YORK - People familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press that baseball players and management hope to reach a new drug agreement this week that would increase initial penalties for muscle-building steroids and decrease suspensions for some positive tests caused by unintentional use. The deal would also eliminate... more »
March 25, 2014 11:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police have seized over 1,000 pounds of drugs in the last few weeks during routine traffic stops, leading to multiple arrests.
Drugs seized included nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of cocaine, plus MDMA and codeine. Also found were thousands of dollars in... more »
March 18, 2014 10:32 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A sawed off shot gun, a handgun and a bunch of drugs led to the arrest of four people in Ascension Parish this week.
Deputies said there was two pounds of marijuana inside a house on County Drive and four weed plants growing in the front yard, too.... more »
March 14, 2014 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN- A member of the United States Army was released from the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison to military police Friday.
Sgt. Horace Brown , 30, had been in jail since he was arrested for carrying 23 pounds of marijuana in a duffel bag. Authorities said they found... more »
March 9, 2014 4:04 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - State Police say alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a factor in a two car crash on Saturday night.
Police say the two cars collided at approximately 10:45 pm on La. 969 north of La. 66 near Angola State Penitentiary in West Feliciana Parish.
... more »
February 21, 2014 8:10 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to revamp its 40-year-old system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments. In a federal posting Friday, the agency announced a two-day meeting next month to... more »
February 12, 2014 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 33-year-old mother faces charges after she admitted to police her child likely ate crack cocaine from coke crumbs on the floor following her high.
Keisha Strudivant was arrested when the child was taken to an area hospital and doctors said the boy showed signs of cocaine... more »
February 7, 2014 10:52 PM
GROSSE TETE- Sheriff's deputies in Iberville Parish arrested a man driving an RV through the region loaded with marijuana.
A spokesperson said the man was from California and carrying 100 pounds of high grade, hydroponic weed.
He was pulled over around midnight on I-10 early Friday morning. A... more »
February 7, 2014 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police said a woman cooked a rouse about a home invasion, sold it to investigators and hoped to getaway with it but failed.
After Jackie Bridgers was featured in television reports where she told reporters she, her child, and her roommate where attacked by three guys inside... more »
February 5, 2014 10:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - Three men were arrested in connection with a home invasion Wednesday, one of them allegedly claimed to be a police officer.
Police say Clayton Dugan, Miles Moreno and Joel Scales broke into a house in the 400 block of St. Rose Avenue around 2:30 a.m.
... more »
January 31, 2014 10:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - Medical professionals say there's a way to give people a second chance who are overdosing on opiate drugs.
Paramedics have been using Naloxone Hydrochloride, or Narcan, for years. It reverses an opiate overdose, instantly.
EMS Unit Commander Chris Landry said it works quickly, saying "sometimes... more »
January 30, 2014 10:29 PM
ZACHARY- Police said they have arrested a woman numerous times for huffing a compressed gas substance while operating a vehicle.
Angela Gipson, 34, was most recently arrested Thursday afternoon after she ran a red light, according to a police report obtained by WBRZ News 2.
The officer wrote... more »
January 10, 2014 7:34 PM
WASHINGTON- The investigation into drug use by members of the Air Force expanded to include ten officers at six bases in the U.S. and England.
Nine Lieutenants and one captain are now under investigation for illegal possession of recreational drugs. Those can include Ecstasy and synthetic marijuana.
The... more »
January 9, 2014 7:30 PM
F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, WYOMING- Two Air Force nuclear missile launch officers are implicated in an illegal drug investigation.
One defense official says both are responsible for operating the Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles and are assigned to the 341st Missile Wing.
The official says the officers'... more »
January 3, 2014 4:19 PM
POLLOCK- A 58-year-old from this central Louisiana town faces drug possession charges after a sheriff's deputy said he found her with marijuana and a smoking device.
The Grant Parish deputy stopped Teresa Burnaman after she weaved into his lane on a country highway, KALB TV reported on its website... more »
December 18, 2013 9:43 PM
BAKER - A month long police investigation into a shoe shop took drugs off the streets in Baker Wednesday evening.
The Baker Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division and the Special Response Team served a search warrant at Hebrard's Shoe Shine and Repair. Inside authorities said they found Warren "Worm"... more »
December 11, 2013 2:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A search of a Baton Rouge home by detectives has landed one man behind bars for drugs.
Detectives arrested 40-year-old Bruce Causey after a long investigation.
During a search of Causey's home at 7933 Oak View Drive, they found numerous drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and hydrocodone.... more »
November 27, 2013 12:11 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested four people and seized thousands of dollars worth of crack cocaine during two early morning raids.
Deputies found 2.5 ounces of crack at Robert Bennett's home, about $5,000 worth of drugs, after they say he flushed the evidence down the toilet. Deputies... more »
November 18, 2013 8:35 AM
NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez is back at Major League Baseball's office for the resumption of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz already has presided over eight days of sessions, from Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and from Oct. 15-18. Rodriguez's legal team was set to... more »
November 5, 2013 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Authorities are investigating another pharmacy burglar here.
The N & T Pharmacy on Marque Ann Drive was hit for the second time in two months.
Investigators believe the same person is likely responsible since both times since the burglar tried to get inside by busting holes... more »
November 4, 2013 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Authorities are expected to meet this week to discuss a rash of pharmacy burglaries.
A number of them have been reported in area parishes, and investigators want to compare the crime scenes, video and images of potential suspects. In some of the five cases, the crooks have... more »
October 25, 2013 9:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The war on prescription pills and drug addiction continues. Saturday, authorities are taking them off the street in waves during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.
It is one way to combat drug problems on the street where addicts get them easily and sometimes switch... more »
October 24, 2013 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Officials here are so concerned about a rash of heroin-related deaths, they sent a memo telling people to stay away and suggesting users get help.
"You're looking at a four fold increase," said coroner Dr. Beau Clark. "The concern is that we may hit a five fold... more »
October 4, 2013 10:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Three people were arrested, accused of terrorizing a neighborhood near LSU Friday.
"It was probably the craziest moment of my life," a victim told WBRZ News 2. "It was very, very intense."
Early Friday morning, one of the suspects followed a victim to a home... more »