• 72°

Octavius Narcisse arrested for illegal drug activity

LAPLACE —Octavius Joseph Narcisse, 52, of LaPlace was arrested Sunday in connection to illegal drug activity in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Deputies with the St. John Sheriff’s Office were conducting proactive patrol in LaPlace at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday when they observed a vehicle speeding while traveling southbound on U.S. 51 in LaPlace. The driver of the vehicle also did not have on a seat belt.

After observing the violations, officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, identified as Octavius Joseph Narcisse, stopped the vehicle in the 3000 block of Highway 51. During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered a duffle bag containing five kilograms of cocaine with a street value of about $130,000 and one kilogram of an unidentified powdered substance.

Narcisse was booked with tail lamps required, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine (felony), violation of uniform controlled dangerous substances law drug free zone (felony), general speed law and safety belt use and tags indicating exemption.

Narcisse is being held in custody in lieu of a $275,750 bond.