Reserve man facing drug charges

Published 10:40 am Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RESERVE — A local man is facing numerous drug charges after a brief pursuit and struggle with St. John Parish law enforcement.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on Louisiana 44 in Reserve July 16. The driver pulled over momentarily before driving off and refusing to stop, authorities said.

“Deputies followed the vehicle until it stopped at a residence in the 100 block of East 20th Street,” a release from the Sheriff’s Office said. “Deputies saw a plastic bag with what appeared to contain marijuana in (the driver’s) hand. When deputies attempted to recover the bag, (the driver) pulled away from the deputies. After a brief struggle, deputies detained (the driver).”

The driver was identified as Randolph Jones, 46, of Homewood Place in Reserve, authorities said.

Deputies said they recovered approximately $100 worth of marijuana and $220 worth of crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Jones’ possession.

Jones was arrested for license plate light required, flight from an officer, resisting an officer, distribution/manufacture of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

He remains in custody in lieu of a $30,750 bond and a detainer for Probation and Parole. Jones has been arrested 21 times since October 1990, authorities said.