Press release from Port Barre Police Department:
On January 18th 2010 at approximately 11:00 pm officers with the Port Barre police department were conducting routine property checks for the businesses on us 190 when they observed a blue Chevy truck with the running lamps on parked on the west side of the building at J and K Auto Sales. Police approached the vehicle and noticed it was occuppied by a male driver, a young juvenile middle passenger and a female passenger.
The female passenger was identified as Laura Tezeno, the other two occupants were her significant other (David Chapman), and their 14 year old son.
"Although the time of night was odd, the family had a legitiment reason for being at the place of business. Tezeno had just dropped off her car to the lot for repair and was to ride back home with Chapman in the blue truck. They were about to leave when we arrived.'
During the interaction, officers noticed a strong odor of Marijuana emmitting from the truck. A search was completed and officers located from Tezeno's purse, a clear plastic bag containg seven smaller plastic bags each containing Marijuana. The Marijuana was packaged in a way common for ready distribution. Also, in her purse was an obliterated medicine bottle containing thirty Lortabs (a total street value of nearly $500.00). Officers also located an open alcoholic beverage in the truck, in which Tezeno admitted she was consuming while driving to the business place.
Chapman and his son were released. Tezeno was arrested and brought to the Port Barre jail and booked on the following charges: open container, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs and possession of controlled and dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile.
The US 190 portion of Port Barre is a heavily patrolled area due to the nearly thirty business places on that stretch. The Port Barre police frequently patrol and perform business checks to the area and any suspicious activity will get our attention. In this case, a suspicious vehicle at a place of business well after operating hours led to a drug arrest. We are a proactive police department not a reactive police department. Constant patrol and business checks are important tools used by the Port Barre police to suspress criminal activity.
To report suspicious are criminal activity please call the Port Barre Police at (337) 585-6212 or our Anonymous Tip line at (337) 585-2345.