Intensive supervision plea follows Reserve drug, weapons arrest
Published 12:13 am Saturday, October 7, 2017
RESERVE — A local man is facing intensive supervision after his plea agreement and sentencing last month following an arrest on drug and gun charges that originated during an April 2015 sweep in Reserve, authorities said.
Kirk Frank, 37, pleaded guilty last month to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the St. John Clerk of Court’s Office, and was sentenced to 10 years suspended with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and placed on five years of active probation.
According to the Clerk’s office, Frank was given credit for eight days served and five other charges were dropped by prosecutors, including weapons possession and drug-dealing offenses.
District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut said the evidence presented by police did not reach a standard for additional convictions.
“The sufficiency of the evidence was not there,” Dinvaut said.
According to Dinvaut, the 10-year suspended sentence is a normal judicial ruling.
“Basically, what the judge is doing is sentencing him to a 10-year prison sentence with DOC,” Dinvaut said. “The judge suspends that and places that person on probation. If the person violates the probation, then they have to go back and do the ten years.”
Frank’s arrest stemmed from St. John Sheriff’s Office patrol efforts on East 30th Street in Reserve in April 2015 following complaints of illegal narcotics activity, Sheriff Mike Tregre previously said.
“While on patrol, deputies detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana,” Tregre said in a release. “As deputies stepped out to investigate where the odor was coming from, they saw a man who they identified as (Frank) exit a house.”
The odor of burnt marijuana got stronger as deputies approached the house, according to authorities.
Based on the investigation, Tregre said deputies obtained a search warrant and recovered a shotgun, handgun, 360 grams of marijuana, 78.5 tablets of schedule IV CDS, .3 grams of synthetic marijuana and four digital scales.
Frank was booked initially with two counts of illegal carrying a weapon with CDS, two counts possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute schedule IV CDS, possession of synthetic marijuana, violation of a drug free zone and an attachment.