Narcotics bust in Garyville

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GARYVILLE – An early morning search of a local home resulted in the confiscation of 30 marijuana plants and other drug paraphernalia.

On Feb. 1 at 7:39 a.m., St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives executed a judicial court-ordered search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Crocus Street in Gary-ville.

The execution of the search warrant came after a two-month-long investigation that was initiated from a Crimestoppers tip.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives found an indoor cannabis farm and recovered 30 two-to-three-foot-tall marijuana plants from the residence. Detectives also recovered approximately $80 worth of marijuana, a device used for smoking marijuana, a bag of marijuana seeds, a lighting system for the marijuana growth, plant food and $1,292 in cash.

Detectives arrested the homeowner, Tracy Barbay, 46, and booked him with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Barbay bonded out of jail on a $23,000 commercial bond.