On May 25, 2017, Washington Parish Drug Task Force Detectives were asked to assist the Bogalusa Police Department with a search warrant for stolen property.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. that afternoon, Drug Task Force officers and Bogalusa officers arrived at 1208 North Royal Street in Bogalusa to assist in searching the residence, outlying buildings and any vehicles at that location. When all officers arrived, Bogalusa officers secured the front yard and detained five persons that were standing around the residence. Meanwhile, Drug Task Force officers entered the residence and secured it for the search.
When Drug Task Force officers exited the residence, they interviewed the five individuals that had been detained. When interviewing Fernando Brister, 27, a resident of 1119 Davis Street, Apartment B, it was determined that he had keys to a vehicle parked outside the residence. A search warrant was obtained to search the vehicle and a large amount of illegal narcotics was discovered.
The search of the vehicle uncovered $30 in one dollar bills, a quantity of suspected synthetic marijuana, a plastic bag containing heroin, crack cocaine, Tramadol pills, Oxycodone pills, Hydrocodone pills, Xanax pills and Roxycontin pills. Drug Task Force detectives then conducted a thorough search of Brister’s person and discovered $3,161 in varying denominations of $100, $20, $10 and $1 dollar bills. These denominations are commonly used in illegal narcotics transactions.
Brister was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on thirteen counts of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs. He remains in jail with his bond set at $300,000.
This was not Brister’s first drug arrest. In July 2010, he was arrested for distribution of illegal drugs. After spending a week in jail, he met the conditions of a $75,000 bond and was released.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force is composed of narcotics officers from the Sheriff’s Office, the Bogalusa Police Department and the Franklinton Police Department. Under the command of a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant, they work together as a team to combat the illegal narcotics trade throughout the parish.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is another great example of the effectiveness of law enforcement officers from various agencies working together to get criminals off of our streets. In this particular case, our officers worked closely with Bogalusa Police Department officers to effectively shut down a criminal operation. I appreciate the fine working relationship our Sheriff’s Office has with Bogalusa and Franklinton officers.”