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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Arrests Violet Man on Narcotics Charges

Denair Riley

From St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested a Violet man on various narcotics charges following a traffic stop in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Denair Riley, 28, of the 2500 block of Edgar Drive in Violet, was booked with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of Carisoprodol, and operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

On Oct. 4, around 5:30 p.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a black jeep in the 3200 block of Plaza Drive in Chalmette.

During the traffic stop, deputies ran a criminal history check on the driver, identified as Riley, which revealed he was driving under a suspended driver’s license. It also was learned Riley had three bench warrants out of St. Bernard Parish and fugitive warrants for traffic violations out of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Westwego Police Department.

Deputies detected a strong odor of burned marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle, which prompted Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit agents to conduct a search of Riley and his vehicle.

During the investigation, Riley was found to be in possession of 4 ½ ounces of heroin and fentanyl with a street value of $12,750, and Carisoprodol Pain-O-Soma tablets.

Riley was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked on the above charges.

Sheriff Pohlmann reminds residents to call the Sheriff’s Office narcotics hotline at 504-271-DOPE or 3673 to report suspected illegal drug activity in St. Bernard Parish. Callers can remain anonymous, and all calls will be acted upon.

Eugene Campbell (right) and volunteers donated more than 800 meals to locals affected by Hurricane Ida at an event on Sept. 4. Photo Courtesy of The Meraux Foundation.

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