At around 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, deputies traveling along LA Highway 1 in Raceland conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. During the stop, deputies questioned both the driver and passenger about whether there was anything illegal in the vehicle. The passenger, later identified as Max Matherne (age 28) of Raceland, produced a bag containing approximately 3.4 grams of suspected marijuana. Deputies also located a bag containing approximately 10 suspected MDMA pills and a handgun in Matherne’s possession. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Upon arrival to the jail, Matherne pushed a deputy and attempted to flee on foot, but was subsequently apprehended moments later. He was booked on charges of Simple Escape, Battery of a Police Officer, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), Possession of MDMA, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Firearm/Carrying of a Concealed Weapon by a Convicted Felon. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. The driver of the vehicle initially involved in the traffic stop was issued a warning for a traffic violation.
CHARLES RICHARD JR.:
At around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, deputies in the Thibodaux area conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation near St. Mary Street in Thibodaux. As they approached the vehicle, deputies detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver and one of the passengers, later identified as Charles Richard Jr. (age 24) of Paincourtville, exited the vehicle. While speaking to the men, deputies noticed some suspicious movement from the other passengers inside the vehicle. As deputies attempted to make contact with the other passengers, Richard fled the scene on foot, but he was apprehended a short time later. With the assistance of Thibodaux Police, two plastic bags containing approximately 46.8 grams of suspected marijuana were recovered the area where Richard had passed while fleeing the scene. Richard admitted the suspected marijuana belonged to him, and he was also found to have nearly $1,000 in cash in his possession and two active warrants for his arrest. Richard was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was booked with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice, and Resisting an Officer, as well as on a warrants for Contempt of Court in Lafourche Parish and Simple Burglary in Assumption Parish. His bond was set at $35,000. The driver of the vehicle, Tyrone Tucker (age 20) of Napoleonville, was issued a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana (First Offense) after a small amount of marijuana was recovered from the interior of the vehicle.