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Levee shooting leads to LaPlace man’s arrest for guns, drugs

LAPLACE — A local man locked and loaded with numerous guns and drugs was arrested this week after the noise of gunplay led to his arrest, police said.

According to the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Angel Duwayne Garces was booked on four counts of illegal carrying of weapon with controlled dangerous substance, possession of hydrocodone, possession of methamphetamine less than 28 grams, possession with intent to distribute MDMA and possession of marijuana.

Deputies responded to Fir and Elm streets in LaPlace at approximately 6 p.m. Monday after reports of shots fired and learned the gunfire was coming from behind the levee on the south side in the area of West Second Street near Acorn Street.

After driving over the levee, deputies identified Garces as the person shooting guns, a Sheriff’s Office release said.

“Garces allowed deputies to retrieve his identification card from a backpack,” the release said. “Upon opening the backpack, officers found a small clear plastic bag containing marijuana, a clear plastic bag containing six whole and two half pills of MDMA, a clear plastic bag containing 10 whole and five half pills of MDMA, a clear plastic bag containing three whole and one half pills of Hydrocodone, a clear plastic bag containing about 1 gram of methamphetamines, several loose, live rounds of miscellaneous ammunition, two SD cards and an undisclosed amount of cash.”

Officers also recovered several firearms including a Bersa Thunder pistol, a Springfield XD pistol, a Ruger pistol and a Beretta ARX .22 rifle.

Garces is being held in custody in lieu of a $166,500 bond.