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Traffic stop uncovers meth, counterfeit money in St. Mary Parish

Posted at 9:09 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 10:15:46-04

A Lafayette man was arrested on Tuesday after deputies say they discovered 64 grams of meth and over $16,000 in counterfeit money.

Joshua Ryan Barr
Joshua Ryan Barr
Courtesy St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

36-year-old Joshua Ryan Barr of Lafayette was arrested following a traffic stop in the area of US Hwy 90 in Bayou Vista. Deputies say that while conducting a proactive criminal patrol they observed a vehicle cross over a solid white line of a J-turn near Phoenix International.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop and made contact with Barr, identified as the driver, and a passenger.

During the stop a K9 was called to the scene. Deputies say that the K9 showed an odor response to the vehicle and a search was conducted. That search allegedly uncovered 64 grams of methamphetamine and counterfeit currency.

Detectives say they learned that Barr’s driver’s license was also suspended. Deputies believe the meth was headed for the Morgan City area.

Barr was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center and booked on the following charges:

  •  Improper lane usage
  • Driving under suspension
  • Possession of schedule II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute
  • Monetary instrument abuse ($16,135.00)

According to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office website, Barr’s bond has been set at $1,250.

meth and counterfeit money
Courtesy St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office