BURGLARY ALARM LEADS TO DRUG ARREST - 03/15/17 A burglar alarm at a residence on Stephens Road Tuesday led to a drug bust in which methamphetamine, marijuana, Xanax and home-cooked methamphetamine were seized. Justin McCarty, 35, 212 Stephens Road, Vidalia, was charged by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office for possession of schedule I drugs, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule IV drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and flight from an officer. Concordia Parish Chief Deputy David Hedrick said Wednesday the burglary charges are pending completion of the investigation.
Deputies responded to a burglary alarm at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of Stephens Road. Upon arrival, a deputy observed a subject fleeing from the residence, Hedrick said. The deputy gave chase, but the perpetrator evaded arrest temporarily, Hedrick said.
Hedrick said the deputy had been able to identify the subject by sight to reportedly be McCarty, who lived in the area. Within approximately 30 minutes, deputies were at McCarty’s residence and arrested him. “This very thing is the reason that the sheriff’s office has taken the stand we have taken against drugs in Concordia Parish,” Hedrick said. “Because drugs relate back to most other crimes, we have got to remain vigilant on it. “I think my deputies did a fine job in quickly apprehending the (subject), and I am very proud of them. By God’s grace, no one was injured and all ended up well.” McCarty was in jail Wednesday afternoon on a $23,750 bond.
Deputies Arrest Man in Home Burglary 1/13/17 On Friday, January 13, 2017, deputies from the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a burglary on Highway 568 in Ferriday. Witnesses reported that a white male in a late model white Ford F-150 pickup truck was seen at the scene.
Investigators from the CPSO were able to obtain forensic evidence from the doors of the residence. The evidence and witness statements led the Investigators to believe that the suspect in the crime was Jeremy Blake Walsworth, whose address was North Grove Road in Vidalia.
On January 15, a search warrant was obtained for the residence of Mr. Walsworth on North Grove Dr. Upon arriving at North Grove Road, a search of the residence revealed a 40 inch television which was reported to be stolen during the burglary. Walsworth was not found at the residence at the time of the search and the Investigators issued an alert to area law enforcement agencies describing the suspect and his vehicle at approximately 9:00 pm. Shortly after the alert was issued, Walsworth was apprehended by Officers from the Vidalia Police Department near the foot of the Mississippi River bridge in Vidalia.
The suspect, Jeremy Blake Walsworth, age 24, was taken to the Concordia Parish Jail by CPSO Deputies and booked on charges of burglary of an inhabited dwelling and criminal trespass.
1/9/17 - 1:30pm CPSO Deputies Arrest Man for Introduction of Contraband into a Prison At approximately 7:30 pm on January 8, 2017, CPSO deputies received a call from the Concordia Parish Work Release Facility on Highway 84 in Vidalia stating that someone had been seen throwing contraband over the fence of the Work Release Facility.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they noticed a vehicle parked on the levee behind the work release facility. The deputies questioned the driver of the vehicle and found that he had no driver’s license. During the questioning the driver admitted to throwing a bag over the fence into the yard of the facility, but stated that the bag contained only tobacco. When deputies retrieved the bag from the work release facility they discovered that it contained several packets of tobacco, two cell phones, amounts of marijuana, powder cocaine, suboxone, and methamphetamine.
The driver of the vehicle, Curtis Washington, and a female passenger in the vehicle were detained and taken to the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
Based on witness statements and the contraband recovered at the scene, Curtis Washington, age 36, address 303 Back Prodecep Road, Schriever, LA was booked into the Concordia Parish Jail on charges of introduction of contraband into a penal institute, possession of schedule I drugs with intent to distribute, possession of schedule II drugs with intent to distribute, possession of schedule III drugs with intent to distribute, and is held on a warrant from another law enforcement agency.
Chief Deputy David Hedrick commended the deputies for their good work in this case. “I want to thank our deputies for their good work in this case. The use of illegal drugs is an ongoing problem and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to stop the manufacture, transportation, and distribution of illegal drugs in Concordia Parish.”