TRAFFIC STOP ON HIGHWAY 60 RESULTS IN DRUG ARRESTS
While patrolling on Highway 60, Washington Parish Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. Sgt. Dupre initiated a traffic stop and encountered two female occupants. The driver, Kasey E. Woodard, 27, a resident of Highway 21 south of Bogalusa, had a suspended Louisiana driver’s license.
After obtaining permission to search the vehicle, Sgt. Dupre discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and Suboxone. Patrol Deputy James Gregorio arrived to assist and both the driver and passenger, Melissa Lee Miller Thomas, 40, a resident of Willa Villa in Bogalusa, were placed under arrest and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
Both remain in jail with their bond set at $10,000 on charges of possession of illegal narcotics. Additionally, Woodard is charged with traffic offenses.
Each woman has been in the Washington Parish Jail several times. Woodard’s arrest record dates to 2009 and includes five arrests for various charges including forgery, drug offenses and burglary. Thomas has been in the jail at least eight times since 2006 on charges including numerous drug offenses, auto theft, burglary, firearm theft, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
“The future doesn’t look bright for these women,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “unless they can make a dramatic change in their lifestyles. Their choices thus far have produced nothing positive. Let’s hope they make positive future choices. Thanks, Sgt. Dupre, Deputy Gregorio and all of our officers, for all you do.”