Largest Drug Arrest in Ponchatoula’s History

Published 7:02 am Monday, June 19, 2023

On June 15, 2023, a search warrant was conducted at 150 President Hoover Street, which resulted in the most significant drug arrest in Ponchatoula Police Department’s (PPD) history, according to Chief Bry Layrisson. The search warrant was obtained based on evidence collected throughout the investigation. The operation was conducted with the assistance of the Hammond Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Homeland Security Task Force.
As a result of the investigation, John Eric Tickles Jr. (01/28/1996) was arrested and charged with the following; convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while possessing a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), two counts of possession with the intent to distribute schedule 1 narcotics, eight counts of possession with the intent to distribute schedule 2 narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of legend drugs without a prescription. The PPD recovered approximately 6 pounds of suspected marijuana, 5 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, 2 pounds of suspected oxycodone hydrochloride “Fentanyl pills,” 12.39 ounces of suspected heroin, 13 grams of suspected fentanyl, 12.48 ounces of suspected cocaine, 1 ounce of suspected crack cocaine, 1 ounce of suspected acetaminophen oxycodone hydrochloride “Percocet,” 66 single dosage units of suspected Lortab, 37 single dosage units of suspected amphetamine and dextroamphetamine 30 MG, two bottles of promethazine, a multi-caliber high power semi-automatic rifle, and $95,069 cash. The street value of the illegal drugs is approximately $150,000, according to Layrisson.
“With the Fentanyl crisis killing our children and family members throughout our nation, removing these deadly drugs from our community hopefully saved many lives. I want to thank Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Chief Edwin Bergeron, our partners with Homeland Security, and all of our first responders for their significant sacrifices to ensure our city is safe,” Layrisson said.