Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported two high school students were arrested after a firearm and several hundred dollars in marijuana was discovered inside their vehicles on Friday. Agents arrested Jordan Parr (W/M, D.O.B. 02/06/96) of 608 Elizabeth Street in Lockport after a search of his vehicle turned up a handgun and 20 individually wrapped bags of marijuana. Agents also arrested Cody Stevens (W/M, D.O.B. 11/18/95) of 120 North Willow Street in Lockport after he was also found with 13 individual bags of marijuana.
While walking outside Central Lafourche High School on the morning of Friday, September 20, a school official noticed a car park on school grounds which did not have a parking permit. When the official confronted the driver, identified as Cody Stevens, he noticed a package of cigarettes inside the vehicle. Due to the restriction of tobacco products on school grounds, school officials searched Stevens vehicle and discovered 13 individually wrapped bags of suspected marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force responded to the scene, and through investigation, they learned about the possible presence of additional marijuana in a vehicle parked near the school. K-9 Deputies responded and a K-9 alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside a vehicle being driven by Jordan Parr. School officials brought Parr outside to the vehicle and he voluntarily consented to a search. During the search, agents discovered 20 individually wrapped bags of suspected marijuana, approximately 4 Alprazolam pills, and a loaded handgun. The total amount of suspected marijuana seized from both vehicles collective was approximately 45.3 grams with a street value of around $906.
Both Parr and Stevens were placed under arrest and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on charges of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violating a Drug-Free Zone (R.S. 40:981.3). Parr, meanwhile, was also charged with Possession of Alprazolam (Schedule IV), Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Firearm in a Firearm-Free Zone (R.S. 14:95.6). Stevens is being held in lieu of $6,100 bond, and Parr is being held in lieu of $14,100 bond.
Sheriff Craig Webre applauded the efforts agents, deputies and Central Lafourche High School officials in Fridays arrests. This is a situation our deputies typically encounter wherein looking into a minor violation ends up leading to something much bigger, said Sheriff Webre. We applaud the school officials for being observant and taking prudent actions in this situation. Hopefully, this experience will force these two young adults to re-examine their behaviors and make some critical changes in their lives before it leads down a much darker path.
Floyd Benoit, Communications Director for Lafourche Parish Public Schools, said, We are confident in our administrators and local law enforcement protecting our faculty, students, and community.