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

Keith McKinnis

Photo Courtesy of S.B.S.O.

From St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested a Violet man on various narcotics charges following an investigation conducted by the Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Keith McKinnis, 28, of the 5600 block of Fourth Street in Violet, was booked with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute MDMA Ecstasy, possession of Xanax, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance, and three counts of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a person under the age of 17. He also was booked on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

After obtaining information that McKinnis was involved in illegal drug activity in St. Bernard, SID Narcotics Unit agents opened an investigation. Based on their findings, agents obtained a search warrant for his residence, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

During the investigation, agents recovered 22.59 grams of heroin and fentanyl with an estimated street value of $2,259; approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $440; 4.31 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $431; 16 MDMA Ecstasy tablets with an approximate street value of $400; approximately 8 Xanax tablets; and marijuana. They also recovered two digital scales, two electric grinders and clear plastic bags used for packaging.

A criminal history check was conducted on McKinnis which revealed he is a convicted felon with several prior narcotics and firearms arrests.

McKinnis was transported to the St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked on the above charges. His bond was set at $401,750.

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.

During the investigation, agents recovered 22.59 grams of heroin and fentanyl with an estimated street value of $2,259; approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $440; 4.31 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $431; 16 MDMA Ecstasy tablets with an approximate street value of $400; approximately 8 Xanax tablets; and marijuana. They also recovered two digital scales, two electric grinders and clear plastic bags used for packaging. Photo Courtesy of S.B.S.O.

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