March has not been a good month for Nicholas Tyler Vaughn, 21, a resident of South Dogwood Drive in Bogalusa. Arrested on March 1 for fraudulent acquisition of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia, he was released from jail on March 9 after posting a $10,500 bond. He was arrested again late in the evening of March 10 and placed back in the Washington Parish Jail on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in jail with bond set at $28,500.
His latest earned trip to jail began with information received by the Sheriff’s Office that Vaughn was perhaps in possession of heroin and on his way to the Sportsman Inn Motel on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa. A Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant went to the motel parking lot and spotted Vaughn exiting a pickup truck. The sergeant approached Vaughn and noticed a hypodermic needle protruding from a front pocket of his trousers. The sergeant knew Vaughn from past encounters and his propensity to be involved with illegal drugs. At that time, he placed Vaughn under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A subsequent officer safety search of Vaughn revealed four aluminum pouches which Vaughn admitted contained heroin. Vaughn was then advised that he was also under arrest for possession of heroin. The drug paraphernalia and heroin were collected and processed as evidence in the arrest.
“Heroin is an awful drug,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Once it gets its venomous talons into a person, it controls that person’s life until either intervention and rescue or death. Today’s heroin is even more dangerous with the introduction of fentanyl, a highly toxic drug, which is often mixed with the heroin, frequently leading to the death of the user. Our patrol deputies, our detectives and our Drug Task Force work diligently throughout our parish to help remove illegal drugs from our streets. I congratulate our fine sergeant for making this arrest and, perhaps, saving Vaughn’s life.”