Robert Williams, Jr., 34, a resident of Avenue L in Bogalusa sits in the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of possession to distribute Schedule I drugs, one count of cultivation or production of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, running a red light, switched license plate and no vehicle insurance. Bond has been set at $ 28,750.
While patrolling on March 1, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a pickup truck run the red light at the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and North Columbia Street in Bogalusa. The deputy activated his emergency lights and was able to stop the truck at the intersection of North Columbia and Military Road.
While approaching the vehicle, the WPSO deputy observed a leafy green plant in a plastic container in the rear of the truck. The plant appeared to be marijuana. Also, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the truck. It was determined that the driver had no vehicle insurance and the license plate displayed on the truck was registered to another vehicle.
Williams exited the vehicle, at which time the deputy conducted a pat down search for officer safety. During the search, the deputy discovered a digital scale in a pocket of Williams’ trousers along with $455 in cash. Williams was handcuffed and placed in the rear of the deputy’s patrol vehicle. At this time, another deputy arrived on the scene and the two deputies continued searching Williams and his vehicle, discovering a solid block of marijuana weighing a total of 62.2 grams, 2 plastic bags containing marijuana, and 54 Ecstasy pills.
Williams had three prior stays in the Washington Parish Jail, the longest being from December 13, 2013 to December 28, 2014, on charges of second degree kidnapping and aggravated rape. He was released after posting a $35,000 bond. Williams was also in the jail in 2006 and 2007, although no detailed records are available for those times.
“I can’t over-emphasize the good job our patrol deputies do protecting the citizens of our parish,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “While most of us are home asleep, our deputies are working throughout the parish to help keep us safe. They are an extraordinary group of men and women and I am so pleased to be their Sheriff.”