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DEPUTIES CHASE MAN, FIND COCAINE

L’Observateur / February 27, 1998

EDGARD – A pair of St. John the Baptist Parish deputies saw a case of”your brain on drugs” during an arrest Feb. 20.Deputy Paul Bealer and Deputy Mark Carter were on patrol in Edgard when, at 9:13 p.m., they noticed a parked vehicle at West Sixth Street and RiverRoad with a man standing alongside, talking to the driver.

When the driver suddenly sped from the scene, the man tried to jump inside but failed. The man then ran down West Sixth, crossed River Road,topped the levee and headed straight to the river bank where, according to Lt. Michael Tregre, he tossed something into the river.Tregre described it as “about the size of your average popcorn ball.”Bealer and Carter, pursuing on foot, captured the suspect, later identified as Isaac Jackson Jr., 31, 242 East 13th St., Edgard.As Carter took Jackson into custody, Bealer first tried to snare the floating white item with a long stick. Unsuccessful, the deputy strippedoff much of his uniform and jumped into the river, where he managed to grab the item.

It turned out to be a plastic bag containing 67 rocks of crack cocaine, with a street value of $1,300, Tregre said.

Jackson was charged with distribution of cocaine, resisting an officer by flight, criminal trespass and probation violation.

“It’s good to know you’ve got guys out there taking their jobs seriously,” Tregre commented.

Bond on Jackson was set at $152,000 by 40th Judicial District Judge Mary Hotard Becnel.

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