TWO PARISH WOMEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
While patrolling north of Bogalusa on August 24, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. David Cupp observed a suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot. He encountered the driver, Carrie Miranda "Mandy" Miley, 43, a resident of Highway 424 and determined that Miley had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. Her passenger, Twanna Lynn Jackson, 45, a resident of Highway 62 was also determined to have an outstanding warrant.
With the assistance of Washington Parish Deputy Kyle Stogner who arrived on the scene, it was discovered that Miley and Jackson were in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Miley was charged with possession with intent distribute. Both women were transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on the drug charges.
Miley has two previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2013 she was charged with filing or maintaining false public records and improper use of 911. A 2019 arrest resulted in charges of contempt of court and obstruction of justice.
Jackson's arrest record began in 2009 with her arrest for three counts of possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense. In 2010 she was arrested again for drug charges and violating her probation. She was returned to jail four times in 2011 and one additional time in 2012 by court order. In 2017, she was arrested for failure to appear in court. A 2019 arrest was for two counts of felony failure to appear in court.
"Illegal drugs have a dangerous and insidious presence in our parish," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "Far too many of our citizens are relying on illegal drugs, hoping to find some meaning in life. Instead, they are finding misery and death. While it may seem somewhat unfair to arrest someone for illegal drug use, it usually is a last resort tactic to save their life and get them to a place where they can detox. I'm always grateful to our fine officers for being alert to those who are involved in the drug traffic and getting them off of our roadways."