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News in Brief: LaPlace man linked to pot dealing; teacher picked up for meth lab

LAPLACE — The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Roddy Johnson, 24, of LaPlace was arrested Tuesday for distribution of cannabinoids/synthetic marijuana.

Roddy Johnson

Roddy Johnson

On Tuesday, about 6:45 p.m., deputies responded to the 1000 block of Cambridge Drive in LaPlace in reference to a complaint of a drug law violation.

A Sheriff’s Office released said during his probation and parole visit, Johnson was found to be in possession of 4.3 grams of synthetic cannabinoids.

As of Friday morning, Johnson was being held in custody in lieu of a $15,000 bond and probation hold.

Teacher, husband arrested for meth in Luling

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said two individuals related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine were arrested this week.

Ryan Christopher Allen

Ryan Christopher Allen

Ryan Christopher Allen, 42, of Luling and wife, Kristy Ruth Allen, 37, also of Luling are charged with operating a clandestine laboratory, possession of methamphetamine and other drug crimes.

Kristy Ruth Allen

Kristy Ruth Allen

Both are being held at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center on a $500,000 bond.

Kristy Allen served as a teacher at R.K. Smith Middle School this year.

Investigators learned in the early part of December that the Allens were manufacturing meth at their home, 214 Ellington Street in Luling, police said.

During the investigation, enough probable cause was found to obtain a search warrant.