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Two arrested on multiple drug, weapons charges

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 23:08:06-04

Two people have been arrested on multiple drug and weapons charges after St. Martin Parish deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Friday afternoon.

Deputies observed the passenger in a vehicle litter on Main Hwy. in St. Martinville and conducted a traffic stop. Deputies were allowed to search the vehicle and located two handguns, large amounts of suspected Alprazolam, suspected cocaine, U.S. currency, multiple bags of suspected marijuana, acetaminophen/hydrocodone, acetaminophen/oxycodone, promethazine/codeine, suspected methamphetamine, and a digital scale.

After the search, Shermaine Batiste, 29, and Brandon Fontnett, 35, both of New Iberia were arrested and charged as follows.

Batiste: Manufacture/Distribution Schedule I CDS, Manufacture/Distribution Schedule II CDS - 8 Counts, Manufacture/Distribution Schedule IV CDS - 7 Counts, Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses, Illegal Carrying of Weapons in Presence of CDS, Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearm, Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS - 16 Counts

Fontnett: Manufacture/Distribution Schedule I CDS, Manufacture/Distribution Schedule II CDS - 9 Counts, Possession of Schedule III CDS (Promethazine/Codeine), Manufacture/Distribution Schedule IV CDS - 7 Counts, Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses, Illegal Carrying of Weapons in Presence of CDS, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS - 16 Counts, Intentional Littering

Both have been booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. No bond has been set.

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