Tonika Cooper

Sheriff: Woman arrested on multiple drug-related charges

A 37-year-old Amelia woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges after authorities executed a search warrant at a home, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Scott Anslum said in a news release.

—Tonika Cooper, 37, of Lake Palourde Road in Amelia, was arrested at 5:37 p.m. Thursday on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug-free zone (church) and transactions involving drug offense.

—Dillon Bott, 19, of Lake Palourde Road in Amelia, was arrested at 5:37 p.m. Thursday on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor.

Deputies with the St. Mary Parish Narcotics Section with assistance from the Morgan City Police Department Narcotics Division executed a search warrant on a home on Lake Palourde Road in Amelia due to reports of drug activity.

The deputies obtained a search warrant for the home and through the investigation made contact with Cooper, her son Bott, and a juvenile. During the investigation, deputies found marijuana and drug paraphernalia items at the home. Bott was released on a summons to appear Nov. 13. Cooper was jailed with no bail set.

Anslum reported that deputies responded to 36 complaints and reported the following arrests:

—Joseph Jessie, 27, of Bernard Street in Patterson, was arrested at 6:26 p.m. Thursday on a charge of simple robbery.

Deputies patrolling Siracusa were dispatched to assist in a simple battery complaint at a home on Grace Street. Upon arrival, the deputies located victim who had been involved in an altercation with Jessie and the victim claimed that Jessie had taken money and jewelry, Anslum said.

Later in the night, the deputies located Jessie at his home. Through the investigation, the deputies found evidence that Jessie had been in an altercation with the victim, Anslum said. Jessie was jailed with no bail set.

Morgan City Police Chief James Blair reported that officers responded to 33 calls and reported the following arrests:

—George A. Ribardi, 27, of North Third Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 9:43 p.m. Thursday on a warrant charging him with violation of a protective order.

Ribardi was stopped by an officer for a traffic violation in the area of La. 182 and Brashear Avenue. A warrant check revealed that Ribardi had a warrant for his arrest. The warrant stems from an incident in April that alleges Ribardi violated a protective order by contacting the victim via text messages. Ribardi was jailed.

—Amanda R. Thibodeaux, 27, of Wedell Street in Patterson, was arrested at 11:36 p.m. Thursday on warrants for failure to appear on a charge of no driver’s license and failure to appear on a charge of unsafe vehicle.

Officers responded to a motel on La. 182 in regard to an individual at the location who possibly had warrants for another agency. Officers located the individual identified as Thibodeaux. Police determined that Thibodeaux held active warrants for the Kaplan Police Department. Thibodeaux was jailed.

Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrest:

—Scott Clement, 54, of People Street in Thibodaux, was arrested at 10:10 p.m. Thursday on charges of possession of gabapentin and no turn signal. No bail was set yet.

Patterson Police Chief Janis Merritt reported no arrests.

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